“I think it’s the right thing to do,” McDougall told the newspaper. “People have the right to be represented by someone who isn’t hampered by personal issues. It’s time to acknowledge there might have been a mistake made.”
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.