On June 25, Heartquist pleaded guilty to being at the wheel of a white Chevrolet Avalanche in December 2010 that crashed head-on into a Buick sedan being driven by Michael Baglieri, 37, of Methuen. The crash occurred at 354 Merrimack St. in Lawrence at 11:30 p.m., one week before Christmas.
Baglieri, a tree removal worker, was seriously injured in the crash. Heartquist, meanwhile, fled the area on foot. He later told police the Chevrolet Avalanche, which was registered to his wife, Newburyport City Councilor Allison Heartquist, had been stolen while he was having a tryst with a woman he met at a nearby bar.
However, blood and hair samples taken from the driver’s side airbag and seat belt later matched Heartquist’s DNA.
At sentencing, Heartquist avoided jail time only because Baglieri asked a judge to make the attorney pay him $21,000 in restitution. Judge Richard Mori sentenced Heartquist to 18 months in jail, suspended for two years.
Mori also ordered Heartquist to remain drug and alcohol free and have the sobrietor installed in his home. Heartquist’s probation requirements also prohibited him from traveling.
Heartquist also pleaded guilty to driving without a license and driving negligently. He was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $400 in fees and fines.
According to court papers, Heartquist paid Baglieri $4,000 of the $21,000 restitution. On Sept. 26, he went before Nestor, asking for permission to travel away from home one to two times monthly for his new job as a commodities dealer. His attorney, Scott Gleason of Haverhill, noted Heartquist was suspended from practicing law and needed a job. If he couldn’t travel, Gleason said Heartquist would lose the position.
Gleason noted Heartquist paid some of the restitution to Baglieri but still “has a great deal more to pay.”
Nestor denied the request.
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