A judge ordered sealed on Tuesday a mental health evaluation that found an embattled New Hanover County Commissioner, arrested in Beech Mountain last month, is conducted, and that will come next month. Star News Online said the evaluation calls into question Berger's "capacity to proceed," his attorney asking the judge to order a second opinion regarding Berger's mental health and to order him to get treatment should the need be found.
But the website said the defense opposed any admittance of Berger into a hospital. Robinson ordered Berger to remain in custody and set Aug. 26 as the tentative date for the probation violation hearing or a competency hearing. Berger, who is being held on a $300,000 bail, was arrested June 10th in Beech Mountain for allegedly absconding from probation on a DWI charge in New Hanover County. A new probation violation charge was filed against him after his arrest because police say he was found in possession of more than two dozen firearms belonging to Justin LaNasa, who owns the Beech Mountain home where Berger was staying alone. LaNasa claims the weapons were locked in a room that Berger breeched during his stay there. Additionally, Berger was also charged by Beech Mountain police with possession of a marijuana pipe. He
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