Brewster Man Sentenced for Assaulting Park Ranger

GavelBREWSTER – A Brewster man was sentenced to prison Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston for assaulting a Park Ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham last year.

Donald Savage was sentenced to more than two years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors said that the 57 year old and his wife requested permission in June 2015 to park in a restricted lot at Coast Guard Beach.

Park attendants granted Savage permission to park for 10 minutes but instructed him not to go on the protected beach.

After 30 minutes, Savage did not leave the beach and gate attendants requested assistance from a Park Ranger.

Savage became hostile when the Ranger requested identification from him and became hostile while the Ranger asked Savage to sit on the ground.

Savage eventually provided a driver’s license but began a physical altercation with the Ranger.

The altercation was caught on the Ranger’s body camera and captured Savage biting the Ranger’s right ring finger, which caused a significant injury.

The Ranger drew his taser and ordered Savage to the ground.

After sitting on the ground for five minutes, Savage confronted the Ranger and was tased before additional law enforcement arrived at the scene.

Savage was convicted by a federal jury of assaulting a federal officer in February.

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