Wellesley woman accused of striking state trooper will perform community service
The Wellesley woman who made headlines after she allegedly tried to run down a police officer at Logan Airport can now put the incident behind her. While not admitting guilt, Margaret “Meg” Greer admitted in court that the evidence could point that way, and she will perform community service and write a letter of apology.
At the end of March, Greer was charged with assault and battery on a police officer; assault with a dangerous weapon; and failure to stop for police. At her May 13 hearing at East Boston District Court, the Windsor Road resident did not plead guilty to any of the charges against her. Instead, she entered a plea admitting there was evidence that could warrant a finding of guilt regarding the two misdemeanors, said her lawyer, Carol Starkey. The court threw out the felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
“She’s taken steps to insure people know she’s sorrowful through this plea today,” Starkey said after the hearing, while Greer stood off to the side. “This was a traumatizing and very difficult experience for her. She is enormously regretful and sorrowful that it ever happened.”
According to an agreement with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, Greer will have to write the state trooper involved in the incident a letter of apology within one week and perform 200 hours of community service in the next six months.
In the evening of March 29, a trooper directing traffic at Logan Airport noticed Greer’s gray Mercedes Benz ML320 idling in a bus lane near Terminal B. The trooper attempted to get the car to move, but Greer refused. After repeated attempts, he began to write Greer a ticket when she accelerated, striking the trooper with her passenger side mirror, according to a statement read in court.
After a few more attempts to get Greer out of her car, the trooper stopped in front of the Mercedes. Greer then pushed him forward approximately 15 feet, according to the statement. She left the scene and was later apprehended on the Mass. Pike.
The statement also said Greer smelled moderately of alcohol and a small drinking glass in the center console of the car was found. It also reportedly smelled of alcohol.
The case made the news again when various media reported a woman, referring to herself as “Matron,” had gone onto Craigslist to try and find witnesses to an altercation she had with an officer at Logan Airport’s Terminal B on the same day and time as Greer’s. At the time, Greer did not confirm or deny if she was the poster.
Greer was a vice president of wealth management at Smith Barney. Her lawyer said she has since lost her job. Starkey said other than this matter, Greer has a “pristine record.”
During the court hearing, Greer appeared demure, quietly answering the judge’s questions. Two men and a young woman sat with her. When leaving court, Greer and the state trooper shook hands and briefly exchanged a few words. He was not hurt during the incident, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said.