By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff
A Wellesley businesswoman apologized to a State Police sergeant today and agreed to perform 200 hours of community service to resolve charges that she nearly ran him down with her Mercedes Benz SUV during a confrontation at Logan International Airport in March.
Margaret Greer, a 57-year-old portfolio manager and former Wellesley school board member, admitted during a hearing in East Boston District Court that there were sufficient facts to find her guilty of two misdemeanor charges of assault and battery on a police officer and failure to stop for a police officer.
“She wanted to get this behind her and she deeply regretted that this situation had ever occurred,” said Boston attorney Carol Starkey, who represents Greer and was at her side in the court. “It has been enormously difficult and traumatizing to her.”
Greer was picking up her husband at the airport March 29 when a trooper ordered her to move because her Mercedes was obstructing a bus lane, and she refused, according to a police report. (See previous coverage.)
Sergeant Daniel Wildgrube was writing Greer a ticket when she gunned her engine and sped off, hitting him with her car’s side mirror and forcing him to leap out of the way, according to his report. Wildgrube said he caught up to Greer, who was stuck in traffic, and ordered her to get out of the car because she was under arrest, but she again refused.
Wildgrube said he stood in front of Greer’s car with his hands on the hood and she continued to drive while he ran backwards for about 15 feet. Greer left the airport and was stopped minutes later by troopers on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
After Greer admitted today that there were sufficient facts to find her guilty of the two charges, prosecutors dropped a third charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (her car), which is a felony.
East Boston District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo Jr. continued the case without a finding and ordered Greer to write a letter of apology to Wildgrube, perform community service, and remain on probation for six months. If Greer completes those conditions and doesn’t get into trouble while on probation, the case against her will be dismissed in six months.
Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said, “Her actions that day were dangerous and irresponsible and it is important she be held to account for them.”
But he added that Greer’s decision to resolve the case quickly and apologize “suggests a degree of remorse and responsibility that we don’t often see so soon after arraignment.”
David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said that Wildgrube didn’t want to comment, but agreed with the resolution of the case. Procopio said Wildgrube could have been seriously injured and the State Police were pleased that Greer “acknowledged that the facts of the case affirm the State Police version of events.”
After the hearing, Greer personally apologized to Wildgrube and shook his hand, according to her lawyer.
Starkey described Greer as a Harvard University graduate and well-respected member of her community, who has held high-powered jobs and created programs to teach young women about finances.
She said she hopes Greer’s accomplishments aren’t overshadowed by the mistake she made at the airport.
“No one was injured, no property was damaged and no one was harmed, except Margaret,who paid an enormous price for her mistake,” Starkey said.
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