State Rep. Jeff Wood, who was arrested in December 2008 and charged with drunk driving and possession of drug paraphernalia, has been arrested again on suspicion of driving while under the influence. Wood, 40 was stopped Wednesday in Marathon County on Highway 51 after law enforcement officials received a report of an erratic driver, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol, and according to An incident report Wood, who appeared sleepy, told the state trooper he was trying to find a spot on a map.
While a preliminary breath test for alcohol in Rep. Wood’s system was 0.00, it’s worth mentioning Rep. Wood had a bottle of Lorazepam, a prescription drug, in his pocket. According to the State Patrol report, Wood told the state trooper he had taken six Lorazepam pills that day, despite the fact that the prescribed dose according to the prescription bottle is three tablets daily. Even more disturbing, the prescription had been filled with 45 pills on Tuesday and only seven remained, according to the report, and while Rep. Wood offered an excuse for all the missing pills, I’m willing to bet the explanation for the missing pills is simple: Jeff Wood has likely substituted prescription medication for alcohol and marijuana.