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January 23, 2013

Felony charges dropped against McDougall

Felony charges against McDougall dropped

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McDougall is scheduled to turn himself in at the county jail in Brentwood this morning, the result of his conviction last month on a charge of obstructing government administration.

He was sentenced in that case last week, receiving 28 days of suspended jail time and 50 hours of community service. McDougall was ordered to receive anger management counseling and to stay away from Breen and Fire Department property.

As he handed down his sentence, Sullivan told McDougall he betrayed his wife’s trust and served as a poor role model for the couple’s 7-year-old son.

“You obviously have an anger problem, you really do,” Sullivan said.

The latest charges against McDougall were filed by Salem police in late August.

McDougall became upset when police Officer Matt Mackenzie went to the couple’s Tiffany Road home to serve a subpoena on Jane McDougal. She was called as a witness for the prosecution in her husband’s obstruction trial.

McDougall told Mackenzie the subpoena should go to his lawyer, not his wife, according to a police affidavit.

Mackenzie had knocked on the door several times and heard a woman’s voice inside. While the officer was waiting, McDougall went inside the apartment and slammed the door. McDougall re-emerged, telling Mackenzie his wife was sleeping.

“He accused the officer of trying to break up his family,” prosecutor Jason Grosky told Sullivan yesterday.

While Mackenzie and McDougall were engaged in a heated conversation, Jane McDougall yelled through a window that she was awake and accepted the subpoena.

Several days later, McDougall went to the central fire station and asked to speak to Breen, saying he wanted information about a patient’s right to refuse ambulance service, according to an affidavit.

McDougall appeared “distraught,” Breen told police.

Breen told McDougall the fire department does not have a specific policy regarding patients’ right to refuse ambulance service, Grosky said. The two men then became involved in a heated argument, the prosecutor said.

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