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Lawmaker Wood Rejects Monroe Co. OWI Plea Deal

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MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - State Representative Jeff Wood rejected a plea deal Wednesday on one of the three impaired driving charges he’s had over the past couple years.

The independent from Chippewa Falls appeared in Monroe County Circuit Court, and said he did not fully understand the consequences of the proposed plea agreement. The judge will meet with attorneys on August 16th to review the status of that case.

Wood is accused of driving under the influence of excessive medicines in Tomah last year. He spent 34 days in jail after a drunk driving conviction in Columbia County in late 2008. And Wood still faces impaired driving charges in Marathon County involving the use of prescription drugs.

Wood is not running for re-election this fall, and will leave the Assembly after 8 years. He told WXOW-TV in La Crosse yesterday that he’s sober and is trying to put his life back together. Wood said, “Things on a personal level have improved quite a bit.” And he said he goes to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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