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Brian Berger Arrested Again, Judge Orders Mental Health Evaluation

NHCo. Sheriff's Office
Mug shot of NHCo. Commissioner Brian Berger

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been arrested again.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that after Berger failed to appear in court Friday morning District Judge Shelly Holt issued a warrant for his arrest.

Berger was scheduled to be in court for a hearing related to a domestic violence protective order that Berger violated in the fall by attending a public meeting at the workplace of his ex-girlfriend.

After Judge Holt issued the warrant for Berger’s arrest, deputies found the commissioner at his home and transported him to the New Hanover County Detention Facility. Holt placed Berger under a $25,000 secured bond and has required a mental health evaluation.

Back in September, in an unprecedented move, the four other county commissioners held a press conference and publicly urged Berger to resign from his post. They said his continued run-ins with the law were distracting and harmful to the county’s reputation. 

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