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Witnesses monitored lawmaker's alleged drunken driving


MADISON (WKOW) -- 911 calls released by state patrol officials show other drivers tried to monitor state lawmaker Jeff Wood's alleged drunken driving until authorities could respond.

Two different callers described erratic driving and Rep. Wood's (I-Bloomer) collision with an interstate highway sign Dec.12 just north of Madison:

Dispatcher: "What is the vehicle doing?"

Caller: "Left lane to right lane to shoulder to median to shoulder...all over the road."

2nd Caller: "I think it's a drunk driver on the interstate."

Dispatcher:  "You said he hit a sign at the 111 (highway mile marker)?"

2nd Caller:  "And into the snow bank, and hit the barricade."

   During the 911 transmissions, the second caller, a semi-truck driver, told a dispatcher he would remain safely in front of Wood's car to monitor it, as the dipatcher told him a state trooper was responding from two miles away.

   Wood faces possible third offense drunken driving and marijuana possession charges in connection to the incident.

   After his arrest, Wood resigned a committee chairmanship but said he would remain in the legislature.


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