Heather Blaylock, who has been in a relationship with New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger for two years, sat down Monday with WECT.com to explain her side of a very public disagreement.
Blaylock explained the events that happened last week leading up to Berger's midnight arrest by Wilmington Police.
According to a police report, Commissioner Berger and Blaylock argued. As she tried to drive away, Berger ripped a car door handle off, throwing it at the car and hitting the car with his hands.
Blaylock says after arguing with Berger, she very purposefully called the non-emergency line of the police department to get help retrieving her belongings on the eve of trash pickup and to make sure her car door would be fixed.
"And so I picked for the police force to go after him because I thought that was the only way I could get my car fixed," Blaylock said.
What she didn't expect was for Berger to spend the night in jail.
"When I think of him having to spend the night in jail and then having to walk into that courtroom with shackles on his ankles, it breaks my heart because that's never what I wanted and he doesn't deserve that," Blaylock said. "He's a better man than that."
Because of the charges, Blaylock and Berger are forbidden from speaking to each other.
"I can't even tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am," Blaylock said.
WECT's Kristy Etheridge asked Blaylock if she believes Berger is fit to be a county commissioner.
"Yes. I believe with my entire heart and soul, he is fit to be a county commissioner," Blaylock said.
In court Friday, Berger was charged with assault on a female.
"He definitely should be held responsible for the car door incident. But just to write him off as a man who assaults a woman? That's not fair," Blaylock said.
"I'm not scared of Brian. I'm not afraid he's going to hurt me."
You can watch more of our sit down interview with Blaylock tonight on WECT News at 5 and 6.
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