MADISON, Wisconsin – Rep. Jeff Wood had two bags of marijuana in his car and a 4-inch pipe to smoke the drugs when he was arrested for drunken driving, according to a Wisconsin State Police report released today.
State police reported one bag was 3 grams, while the other was 1.9 grams. The marijuana was found in the center console along with the pipe.
The arrest report adds detail to Wood’s arrest early Friday morning for drunken driving and drug possession.
The arresting trooper reporting coming up on a car that was pulled over on Interstate 39/90/94 with its emergency lights flashing. The trooper said Wood, I-Bloomer, was urinating on the side of the road when he came upon him.
According to the report, Wood told the trooper he had pulled over to talk to his wife on his cell phone. The trooper detected an odor of intoxicants, Wood’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and Wood’s speech was slurred.
Witnesses had called police to report a car driving erratically on the interstate. One of the witnesses said the driver had driven into the median and struck a sign.
The trooper noted damage to Wood’s car, including a flat tire and damaged rim that suggested the car had been driven some distance after the tire went flat. Wood said he didn’t know how it happened and suggested it may have occurred while he was parking.
– Article from WisPolitics.com.
Wis. legislator arrested on alcohol, pot charges
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin lawmaker was arrested on charges of drunken driving and marijuana possession after smashing his car into a highway sign and a snowbank, according to a report released Monday.
State Rep. Jeffrey Wood apologized Monday for acting irresponsibly, saying there was “no excuse for my actions.”
A truck driver reported Wood to police after watching his vehicle weave for several miles on an interstate highway. Wood’s car then went airborne and smashed into a caution sign and a snowbank before returning to the road, the report said.
He was arrested early Friday in south-central Wisconsin, far from the northwestern district he represents in Bloomer. His blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit, the report said.
Wood told WAYY radio in Eau Claire that he had no plans to step down.
He also told the station how marijuana ended up in his car: “Somebody offered me some and I took it, and for whatever stupid reason got in my car and decided to drive home.”
Wood was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 2002 as a Republican but quit the GOP this year and was re-elected as an independent.
He is due in court next month.
– Article from the Associated Press.