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Rep. Jeff Wood faces new charge in driving case

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SPARTA (WKOW) -- State Representative Jeff Wood now faces a felony charge of driving under the influence in Monroe County.

On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge and filed the felony charge in connection with his fifth OWI offense.  It became a fifth offense because Wood pleaded guilty to a fourth offense in Marathon County.

Wood pleaded not guilty to the charge.  He admitted he was wrong in the cases in other counties, but in this case, Wood says he's not at fault.

"I was a patient at the VA Hospital," Wood said in court.  "I took the medication that I was prescribed and was handed to me in a cup.  I had no access to any medication on my own.  That's exactly what I had in my system -- no more."

Wood had been arrested three times for impaired driving since December 2008.

The Chippewa Falls independent says he's been sober for a year now and received a degree as a substance counselor.

He's moving forward in the court hearings without an attorney.  He'll be back in court November 15.

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