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Police Chief's Son Guilty of DWI

Posted January 22, 2008

— The son of Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine was convicted Tuesday of drunken driving and was placed on probation.

Joseph Michael Bergamine, 18, was arrested last July and charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving and hit-and-run following a wreck on Arnish Court in Fayetteville. His blood-alcohol content was 0.13 several hours after the wreck, police said. The legal limit of intoxication in North Carolina is 0.08.

Jurors acquitted Joseph Bergamine of the reckless driving and hit-and-run charges.

He received a 60-day suspended sentence on the DWI charge and and placed on probation for two years. He also was ordered to pay a $100 fine and perform 24 hours of community service, and his license was suspended.


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  • -info- Jan 24, 2008

    make the kid do community service in a rehab unit where drinkers are learning to eat and walk again...many are in his age bracket..

  • mluddysr Jan 24, 2008

    Alcohol is a very powerful drug, and it's hardest on our kids. When I was 18, it was legal to drink at 18 - I'm glad they moved it up to 21. This is less about driving, and more about drinking. The first think that goes when drinking is judgement. You can't let a kid get drunk, then ask him if he's ok to drive.

  • 3potato4 Jan 24, 2008

    I'm curious as to who provided alcohol to this minor? Shouldn't there be some sort of accountability on their part?

  • Kidw4legs stops in Jan 23, 2008

    Another reason that I'm glad "my kid has 4 legs"!

  • gmoux138 Jan 22, 2008

    we are lucky he got convicted at all considering Cumberland County has one of the lowest conviction rates in the state. At least he didn't drive away with a full license. next time they get him it will be DWI and DWLR!

  • Arkansas Razorback Jan 22, 2008

    All teenagers run the risk of doing something stupid at any second. We all love our kids and try to raise them right, but lets face it TEENAGERS CAN BE POTATO HEADS!!

  • Pharmboy Jan 22, 2008

    This kid is underage! He should not have any alcohol in the first place! Good job police chief DAD! What a way to lead...serve the people.

  • alwayslovingu30 Jan 22, 2008

    Wow what A slap on the hand my friend got caught dwi an lost his license 4 30 days an payed his liar 1200.00 an court cost why did he not get A slap on the hand. wow politics

  • yukonjohn3 Jan 22, 2008

    Reason, sorry to cut and paste your comment, but I could not have said it ANY better. I totally agree with you.

    you people obviously don't know much about north carolina structured sentencing. Most repeat DWI offenders don't even go to jail. Why would a first time offender? DWI is still a misdemeanor. Probation is what the crime calls for. I bet his dad told the DA's office not to let him off on anything and that is probably why it went to trial.

  • drnc Jan 22, 2008

    I applaud the father. I'd bet the DA was asked to take the case to trial. The boy got what he deserved, a trial by jury. I pray he has learned an easy lesson because it could have been so much worse. I feel sorry for his father. I'm sure he has been embarrassed and humiliated. Young people sometimes need a wake-up call.