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Area lawmaker decides to fight drunken driving, possession charges

Rep. Jeff Wood, I-Bloomer, in a booking photo from Portage County Jail.
River Falls,Wisconsin 54022
Hudson Star Observer
Area lawmaker decides to fight drunken driving, possession charges
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A judge has ordered Rep. Jeff Wood, I-Bloomer, not to sell the car in which he was allegedly driving drunk last December.

The lawmaker must also remain sober while his court case proceeds and if he's caught drinking, he can be charged with bail jumping.

Wood had an attorney appear for him in Columbia County Circuit Court Wednesday. He was not required to enter pleas, and the lawyer told Court Commissioner Charles Church that Wood stands mute to his four misdemeanor counts. They include third-offense drunk driving, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A judge will meet with both sides March 9 to decide where the case goes from here. The 39-year-old Wood said he was drinking with friends in Madison just before drove home to Bloomer on Dec. 12.

A witness said Wood's car hit a sign-post and a snow-bank on Interstate-39-90-94 near Portage. When a State Patrol trooper arrived Wood was found urinating on the side of the road.

During a live interview after the incident Wood told an Eau Claire radio station that he was guilty and that he would not fight the charges.

As an independent Wood caucuses with Democratic lawmakers in the Assembly. He represents the 67th Assembly District which includes much of Dunn and Chippewa counties and portions of Barron County.