CONCORD, NH (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire was arrested Friday for allegedly yelling and verbally abusing a snowplow truck driver who recorded the confrontation and later reported him to police.
MP Jeffrey Greeson, 51, of Wentworth has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal threatening and aggravated assault, police say. He was released after personal acknowledgment and was recalled to Plymouth District Court on 18 May.
Police said they made the arrest after receiving a report that a member of the Wentworth Motorway Authority had been obstructed in his efforts to clear snow by a citizen and recorded part of the encounter on his mobile phone.
Greeson did not immediately respond to an email to his Statehouse office Friday asking for comment.
Paul Manson, the road agent at Wentworth, said he had already been plowing for about six hours on Saturday when he saw Greeson standing in the middle of the road around 8am
“He just started giving me hell and I didn’t know what was going on,” he said Thursday. “As soon as I got out of the truck, he started yelling in my face. So I got back in the truck and got my phone.”
The video, which Manson posted to Facebook, shows Greeson screaming knee-deep over a pile of snow in the street. The storm dropped nearly a foot of snow before weakening later in the day.
“My driveway ends here, right here. Get it off the street!” yelled Greeson, also using a rude hand gesture and swear words. “Your job is to clear the road. Drive free! Get in your truck now and do your job!”
Greeson, a retired Navy officer and pastor who is serving his second term in the House of Representatives, also did not respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.
“He was upset because I didn’t push the snow far enough off the road and put everything in his driveway, which I honestly do,” Manson said. “My job is to clear the snow off the road. And I feel bad most of the time because I’m putting snow down people’s driveways again, and I really can’t help it.”
Manson said he realizes it’s not fun to shovel after a snowplow has passed. But he said officers didn’t deserve to be attacked.
“I can go home when I’m done with my 15-, 16-, 18-hour shifts and do the same thing,” Manson said.
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