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Wow! Sgt. Wildgrube is forgiving.
With a heartfelt handshake, a state trooper and a Wellesley portfolio manager accused of dragging him with her Mercedes-Benz over a parking spat at Logan International Airport have agreed to bury the hatchet.
Margaret “Meg” Greer’s spontaneous mea culpa to Sgt. Danial Wildgrube in East Boston District Court today “was all Mrs. Greer,” her attorney Carol Ann Starkey told the Herald. “She deeply regrets and is extremely contrite about her abhorrent interaction with the state trooper.
“I commend her for that,” Starkey said. “She is a woman of enormous character.”
But the peace offering didn’t go quite far enough for Judge Robert Ronquillo Jr., who ordered Greer, 57, to write Wildgrube a letter of apology for the March 29 dust-up at Terminal B.
In exchange for the apology and Greer admitting to facts sufficient for a finding of guilty, prosecutors dropped a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon against Greer. Ronquillo continued without a finding for six months misdemeanor charges of assault and battery on a police officer and failure to stop for police.
Provided she stays out of trouble, Greer is not required to change her plea of not guilty.
“There’s no doubt that Margaret Greer’s actions were dangerous and irresponsible,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley. “It’s extremely unusual, however, for any defendant to make a heartfelt apology and acknowledge responsibility at the very first court date, as Ms. Greer did here.
“We expect she will abide by the terms of her probationary period,” he said, “and put in writing the apology she offered to the trooper in court.”
Greer, who no longer works for Citi Smith Barney in Waltham, Starkey said, also must perform 200 hours of community service.
State police spokesman David Procopio said Wildgrube “was in agreement” with the case’s resolution.
“Sgt. Wildgrube could have been seriously injured in this confrontation,” Procopio said. “The defendant initially tried to evade responsibility. We are pleased that the court and now the defendant acknowledge that the facts of the case affirm the state police version of events and would be sufficient to prove that the defendant assaulted a Massachusetts state trooper.”
Greer was illegally parked curbside at Logan – allegedly with a glass of booze in the cupholder of her 1998 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 SUV – waiting to pick up her husband when Wildgrube asked her to move.
When she refused and he tried to ticket her, Greer took off, first clipping his arm with a side mirror and then dragging him when he tried to get her out from behind the wheel.
The incident was witnessed by dozens of people.
State police eventually caught up to Greer on the Massachusetts Turnpike and noted in their arrest reports she smelled of alcohol.
“She wanted to get this behind her for all the right reasons,” Starkey said. “That is what was done today.”