MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker facing driving-under-the-influence charges has returned to Madison to vote on, of all things, a drunken driving bill.
Rep. Jeff Wood has been arrested three times in the last year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An Assembly committee is considering whether to recommend the full body should strip him of his job.
The Assembly returned to the floor Wednesday to vote on a bill that would toughen Wisconsin’s drunken driving laws. During a recess, Wood, a Chippewa Falls independent, quickly left the chamber with reporters trailing him. Asked if he had any comment, he said, without turning around, “no.”
He later voted for the drunken driving bill. The measure criminalizes certain first offenses and makes a fourth offense a felony instead of a fifth.