Berger's court date for DWI charge continued - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Berger's court date for DWI charge continued

Berger reading from what appears to be a Bible in the courtroom. Berger reading from what appears to be a Bible in the courtroom.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was in court Wednesday for a DWI he was charged with in Dec. of 2012.  This was his first public appearance since being reinstated on the New Hanover Board of Commissioners after fellow board members voted to remove him.

The trial was continued for a fourth time. While in the courtroom, Berger sat quietly and read from what appeared to be a Bible.

District Attorney Ben David said the case was continued for several reasons. He says it will allow the court to bring in the officer that actually arrested Berger on Dec. 18, 2012, who has since moved to New Jersey.

It will also give the court a chance to bring in a visiting judge that will have no bias or prior knowledge of the case. Finally, it will give a crime lab in Raleigh a chance to finish testing Berger's blood to see if there were any drugs in his system.

"This is a priority case," said David. "We are absolutely committed to getting swift justice, and not just severe justice, it is going to be done before the year anniversary of the arrest, if you look at the more than 3,000 DWI cases that are pending in the 5th District its fairly typical that it takes about a year to get to trial."

The case will now go before a judge on Dec. 10.

WECT.com also talked to Brian Berger about being reinstated on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.

When asked what Berger's response was to the claims by Chairman Woody White about considering working to have Berger removed again, Berger said that for legal reasons, he couldn't comment. He says he looks forward to the day he can comment, saying, "the public should know the truth."

He also said that Thursday, when he takes his seat back for the first time, he hopes his fellow commissioners treat him with respect. He says moving forward he will do his best to fulfil his election promises.

"I'm certainly going to be there, and be present, and vote and pursue issues based on my conscious that are consistent with the promises I made when I campaigned and I know most elected officials don't do that, I'm trying to be different," said Berger.

Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly