Wis. lawmaker arrested for third OWI in one year


One Wisconsin lawmaker is having trouble staying at home when he is under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Rep. Jeff Wood, I-Chippewa Falls, was arrested Wednesday for his third OWI in less than a year after police suspected he was under the influence of drugs. Now he faces possible expulsion from the state Legislature.

This arrest was his second in less than a month. He was also arrested back in December for a similar incident. Someone reported a car being driven erratically around 4:23 p.m. in Tomah and police spotted him swerving and driving over a curb. When police pulled Wood over, he failed a field sobriety test.

In September, Wood was cited for inattentive driving. County officials have yet to decide if they are going to charge him with driving under the influence of prescription drug Lorazepam.

Last December, he was caught drunk driving. He was also in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the traffic stop.

A Republican in the state Legislature, Rep. Steve Nass, introduced a resolution on Wednesday to expel Wood. It needs two-thirds vote to pass and remove him.