McDougall Charged With Witness Tampering, Threatening

The Salem elected official faces five new charges stemming from Friday incident at the Fire Station, Sunday incident at his home.

UPDATE, SUNDAY, 11 a.m.: In a brief phone interview with Patch, Patrick McDougall did not comment on the new charges against him, saying he would be speaking with his attorney and working on a defense.

McDougall said he has no plans to alter his run for the state House of Representatives, or leave either the Budget Committee or the Zoning Board of Adjustment. McDougall said he does not plan to attend tomorrow's GOP Labor Day Picnic.

In addition, McDougall reiterated a request he made last night in a comment on this Patch article, asking for prayers and that God will help "guide people towards the truth in this matter."

UPDATE, 11 a.m.: In a press release, Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said police were notified around 11:30 a.m. Friday by Fire Chief Kevin Breen of an incident that took place inside the Central Fire Station on Main Street involving Patrick McDougall.

McDougall, 37, had entered the station demanding to speak with Breen. According to Patten, McDougall "began requesting information in relation to a pending criminal case against him in which Chief Breen is a witness."

McDougall became "increasingly agitated and argumentative," and was told by Breen he should not have been there asking for such information. Breen reminded McDougall he'd been "notified in writing to follow proper legal process to get this information."

According to Patten, McDougall "got up and as he walked by Chief Breen, turned quickly and got within 12 inches of his face and began to say something loudly" near the end of the interaction.

Breen and other witnesses said they "felt a physical confrontation was imminent" as Patten said McDougall's "agitation was escalating."

At that point Breen ordered McDougall out of the Fire Station and McDougall left.

This came on the heels of an incident that took place at McDougall's home last Sunday, for which McDougall was also being investigated. Salem Officer Matt MacKenzie had shown up there to serve a subpoena to McDougall's wife, Jane, who is a witness in the obstructing government administration case against McDougall.

"Mr. McDougal initiated a confrontation, slammed doors in Officer MacKenzie’s face and advised him his wife was sleeping, even though Officer MacKenzie heard a female voice inside the apartment talking for several minutes," Patten said.

MacKenzie was getting ready to leave after another verbal interaction with Patrick McDougall when Jane McDougall "called from an apartment window and said she would take the subpoena," after which the subpoena was served.

Police sought arrest warrants for both incidents and Patrick McDougall was taken into custody without incident at about 8 p.m. Friday night, Patten said.

Patten said McDougall faces three charges of witness tampering which are all Class B felonies. He also faces single charges of disorderly conduct and criminal threatening.

McDougall was processed and released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail with conditions that he is not to contact town employees or enter town buildings except for meetings.

He faces an arraignment date in the 10th Circuit Court of Salem Sept. 24 on the new charges.

EARLIER STORY: Salem Budget Committee and Zoning Board of Adjustment member Patrick McDougall was arrested by Salem Police Friday for the second time this year.

According to Salem Police Lt. Ronald Peddle, McDougall faces two counts of witness tampering, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal threatening for an incident that took place at the Fire Station Friday.

Peddle said the alleged victim in the case was Salem Fire Chief Kevin Breen.

No futher information was available Saturday morning but more information was expected to be released later in the day.

McDougall was already facing a Sept. 19 trial date for

It's been alleged McDougall refused to allow paramedics to transport his wife to a local hospital after she called 911 complaining of a migraine headache. He eventually drove his wife to the hospital himself and following an investigation was charged.

McDougall has insisted he is innocent and

McDougall has remained serving on both the Zoning and Budget Committees and is a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in the Sept. 11 primary.

Love NH September 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Honestly, is anyone surprised?
Riley Reid September 01, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Jake go enjoy this beautiful day and have a great weekend. See you Tuesday!
F Jackie Marlow September 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Interesting fashon statement. I think efforts to have this guy removed from the local baords should start immediately. And I don't think that protesting his attendance at the BudCom would be out of line. I would be shocked if this guy would have the where-with-all to resign, so forced removal may be our only recourse.
Patriot September 01, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Jake I hope that post are put up within a reasonable amount of time. I posted 3 times and only 1 made it. Thank you
Patriot September 01, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I know Patrick has not had his time in court but the court of public opinion is in. "Time to resign and get your life in order." You would be better served if you think of the family before the ego.
Patrick McDougall September 01, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Please pray for my family during these difficult times and please pray that god will help guide people towards the truth in this matter, thank you!
Ron Wells September 01, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Some more shananigans by a Salem politician. Time for old Pat to hit the road Glad I didn't vote for him.
Only in Salem September 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM
i dont know what I like the most, the story, the tee shirt, or the fact that he will still get votes.
Jane Bingum September 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Patrick you need to just be a man about this all and just step down. Stop digging yourself deeper into a lie. People have seen you when you are agitated so time to go for the help you obviously need in anger management. Where is the BOS when you need them? Preparing for the Labor Day BBQ?
Thomas Patch September 02, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Patrick has mental, physical and financial troubles...known him for years, give him a good steady job with benefits and he is a great worker....he is partly a victim of this economy and finding work....He doesn't have the mental capability or social skills to take on too much and he's cracking under pressure. The guy has been under care before. I'm not making excuses for him, but I can tell you honestly, he worked for me and did a great job but he does have mental limitation.
Oedipus September 02, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I agree with Tom, I'm very disappointed also. Salem needs people it can trust and who can work with others to get things done in town.
Oedipus September 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Not me, not after the last alleged incident.
Oedipus September 02, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I'm surprised jake allowed a comment on his wardrobe but since it appears to be an OK subject, they call those T-Shirts wifebeaters don't they?
Oedipus September 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I agree with Jane
Riley Reid September 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
@Patrick: God doesn't need to guide me anywhere on this one. With all that has happened if I were you I wouldn't even be driving by the fire station never mind stopping in there. Chief Breen is a good man and i'm sure whatever happened had to have been over the top for him to call over to the Police. Like Jane said, people have seen you in your "agitated" mode and it scares people. Take the high road and step down. Sunday is suppose to be a good day weather wise to go around and take down signs.
Love NH September 02, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Protest sounds like a good plan to me. I'll bet that the Patch wouldn't publish pictures of it.
Patriot September 02, 2012 at 09:39 AM
I will pray, you should also do something to start the healing. Step down until these issues can be resolved. The public will continue to feast at your friends and families expense. The price they pay for public humiliation is not worth what ever you may derive from public appearance.
F Jackie Marlow September 02, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The WMUR interview is priceless. He describes the actions of the police, etc. as a "witch hunt". He also believes there is a "consorted effort" against him. I guess when you irritate, harass and confront enough people, this is what happens. And to describe this as "difficult times" above, is just ridiculous. This is nothing less than bad behavior followed by more bad behavior. Any guesses as to his next stunt?
Jeff Hatch September 02, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Sorry to inform you that there are no efforts that anyone can take. Since he's elected official the BOScan't remove him or any other elected official. The citizens aren't allowed to as for a recall elections because those are against the law in NH. The only thing that can happen is that the elected boards themselves include language in their bylaws to address issues like removel for cause... and I can tell you that the ZBA Bylaws doesn't contain any such language.
rosmarie lefebvre September 02, 2012 at 02:27 PM
yes iam agree we do not need people like that. hoping next time the managers checking out those people the want to run for all the post .we need good decend and people we can truly trust.
Wally cox September 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Why give him a job shouldn't he be out there looking, there are plenty of places that will hire him starting with Walmart .
Riley Reid September 02, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Plenty of jobs out there if you want one. Toys R Us has a sign out, the Common Man Restaurant, and I know Canobie Lake Park was short staffed this year as they didn't get as many people show up at their job fairs. And for the record, we are all victims of this economy.
Riley Reid September 02, 2012 at 11:45 PM
My question is how does a person charged with 3 felonies get released on personal recognizance ? I've read in the papers where shoplifters have been held on $600 bail, Something seems wrong with that to me.
Oedipus September 03, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Yeah, a job at Canobie Lake Park. I could just imagine Mr McDougall out there having to deal with snot nosed spoiled little kids all day. He has enough felonies already, are you trying to get him more trouble Riley?
ProfessorHinkle September 03, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I'm afraid that PM hasn't learned a thing from the trouble he got into when he lived in Methuen. Please look into getting some professional help.
F Jackie Marlow September 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I think there may already be a burned bridge at Canobie if I'm not mistaken. It still confounds me as to why someone would chase now a third elected position before getting a real job. Dude, you doing it wrong!
Riley Reid September 05, 2012 at 07:44 PM
@Odedipus: Your right, I hadn't thought of that! lol
Tim McCarthy September 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
You and your family are in my prayers Pat!
Tim McCarthy September 06, 2012 at 03:36 PM
He didn't steal like some low life's we read about!
Tim McCarthy September 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Thumbs completely down to the little old lady at Fisk school who made very lousy remarks to me about Pat. She embarrassed a few of us with her attitude. I wish she would have taken her remarks off school property!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something