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Jeff Wood free on bond in OWI case; governor calls for resignation

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

State Rep. Jeff Wood is free on bond, after being charged Thursday with his third OWI offense in the last year and his fifth since 1990.

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Gov. Jim Doyle called on the Chippewa Falls Independent to resign.

Doyle said Wood's district is without a voice in the Legislature due to his personal and legal troubles.

Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan has started forming a panel to consider a resolution to have Wood expelled from the Assembly, something that's only happened once in state history.

Wood, 40, was arrested Wednesday in Tomah. He was charged Thursday in Monroe County with OWI and bail jumping, and he posted a $1,000 cash bond. Prosecutors said Wood's car swerved and jumped a curb, and he drove twice into an intersection at a red light and backed up each time.

Sheridan said Wood was getting treatment in Tomah.

Wood told officers he had just left the VA Medical Center, and took a couple of anti-depression pills which should not have affected his driving.

Officers said he stumbled and fell during a sobriety test, and they found four bottles of prescription drugs.

He did not have alcohol in his system. It was similar to Wood's arrest in late September near Wausau, which authorities said involved anti-anxiety medication. Last December, Wood was arrested for drunken driving and marijuana possession near Portage, where he allegedly hit a freeway sign.

He was elected as a Republican in 2002, and withdrew his party affiliation last year.

The only state legislator to be expelled was a senator considered disloyal during World War I. He was booted out in 1917.

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