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NH official found guilty of blocking responders

Despite his wife calling 911 repeatedly, Patrick McDougall told paramedics there was no emergency at his apartment

By Patrick McDougall
The Union Leader

SALEM, N.H. — Budget committee member Patrick McDougall was found guilty of obstructing government administration and faces up to a year in county jail for preventing emergency medical workers from transporting his wife to the hospital after she repeatedly called 911.

McDougall, 37, will be sentenced in 10th Circuit Court in Salem on the misdemeanor charge at a separate hearing. He still faces felony charges now pending in superior court. The decision issued late Friday by Judge Michael Sullivan rebuked McDougall's claims that he was only protesting a hefty and unnecessary ambulance bill because he had no health insurance.

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