McDougall Found Guilty
A judge ruled that the town official was guilty of obstructing government administration.
Budget Committee and zoning board member Patrick McDougall has been found guilty of obstructing government administration, according to The Eagle-Tribune.
The newspaper reported that Salem Circuit Court Judge Michael Sullivan issued a ruling Friday saying that he believed McDougall's actions stemmed less from financial concerns and more from "an antipathy toward the EMTs and police officers," trying to help his wife.
McDougall was charged in July on the misdemeanor charge after an incident that took place in June involving his wife, Jane, who was suffering from a migraine headache and called 911 at their Tiffany Road home.
McDougall is alleged to have argued with responding Salem Fire personnel, and later Salem Police, regarding an ambulance ride to a hospital. Jane McDougall called 911 a second time regarding the need to go to a hospital, and eventually Patrick McDougall drove her to the hospital himself.
The charge was recently elevated to a Class A misdemeanor and carries up to a $2,000 fine and a year in prison.