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Police Chief's Son Charged With DWI

Posted July 23, 2007

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— The son of Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine was arrested a week ago on drunken driving charges, police said.

Joseph Michael Bergamine, 18, was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving and hit-and-run following a July 14 wreck on Arnish Court in Fayetteville, police said.

A wood-framed flower bed was hit by a car, and the driver didn't stop, police said.

Joseph Bergamine's blood-alcohol content was 0.13 several hours after the wreck, police said. The legal limit of intoxication in North Carolina is 0.08.

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  • LambeauSouth Jul 24, 2007

    Why was he not charged with Under-aged Drinking as well? Oh I know
    his Dad gave it to him!

  • countess Jul 24, 2007

    I know this young man. I watched him play soccer with my grand-son since they were little boys. How truly unfortunate this is. What a bad choice he made. I feel for his family.

  • Sleepsalot Jul 24, 2007

    The problem I see with this report is the guy is 18 and should have a legal limit of 0.0

    "Joseph Bergamine's blood-alcohol content was 0.13 several hours after the wreck, police said. The legal limit of intoxication in North Carolina is 0.08."

  • FE Jul 23, 2007

    noway : I fervently hope you are not on that jury.

    Do you think the police officers are making all of this stuff up??

  • nowayebby Jul 23, 2007

    wow, everyone is talking about the penalty for being charged and what his punishment should be. Well he has not even been to court yet, there is no penalty for being charged, only if convicted. There will only be punishment when and if he is convicted (in a court of law, not the media) and my guess is that if he is found guilty of something, the DWI charge will be dropped since he was found, not with the car and there is no way to show what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the accident, if he had any alcohol at all in his system at the time.

  • The Fox Jul 23, 2007

    It's always your own that bite you the worst.

  • gopanthers Jul 23, 2007

    I think as part of his punishment after all is said and done is have him go to a few schools and share with the other kids (the whole school) his experience with drinking and driving and what he had to go through. Humiliation might help some.

  • claudnc Jul 23, 2007

    If you obtain a NC - you lose your license for a year, community service, fines and attend classes. I facilitate DUI classes and thats pretty much what happens. If a person is gainfully employed - they can possibly obtain limited driving privileges. Also depending on your BAC level you will mandated to have a breathalizer in your car for a year. So DUI's are no longer slap on the wrist, anymore. True if there is an accident involved the penalities are stiffer, and goes up depending on the if someone was hurt etc....

  • Rocknhorse Jul 23, 2007

    ladyblue - This is a very hot topic for me. Personally, I feel that drunk driving is at best attempted murder/assault with a deadly weapon and at worst murder. I agree that people make stupid mistakes, but I think first time offenders should spend time behind bars THEN fine, community service, revoked license (which doesn't stop them from driving). Second time - prison for attempted murder or murder. Drunk driving is not an accident, it's a choice.

    The courts give a minor slap on the wrist for dwi unless there is an accident where someone is hurt. I feel they should treat ALL dwi arrests as if someone was hurt!

  • EGH3 Jul 23, 2007

    I PRAY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SO MANY OF THEM DON'T HAVE MOM OR DAD AROUND TO TEACH THEM RIGHT FROM WRONG,BECAUSE THEY ARE PUTTING OTHER PEOPLE FIRST,THE CHIEF OF THE PD DON'T HAVE HOURS LIKE ME DO HE IS ALWAYS ON CALL,SO LET THE COURT TAKE CARE OF IT,AND GOD BLESS THIS YOUND MAN,I HOPE HE SEES THE LIGHT NOW

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