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Former state representative faces trouble again

Posted August 31st, 2011 @ 6:58pm

Former state Representative Jeff Wood might be in trouble again.

Chippewa County prosecutors are considering possible charges, after the VA’s medical clinic in Chippewa Falls told police that Wood might have changed the amount of a prescription he received for a controlled substance.

Police Captain John Liddell told the Chippewa Herald he was not sure what the drug was. He said Wood was detained on Monday for violating a previous probation. He said the former lawmaker has cooperated with police.

The 41-year-old Wood is currently on probation for the last of three impaired driving convictions in Columbia, Marathon, and Monroe counties since late 2008. The first conviction was driving drunk, and the last two were for driving under the influence of excessive prescription drugs.

He served in the State Assembly for eight years ending in late 2010. He withdrew his Republican affiliation in 2008, and was an independent in his final term.

GOP lawmakers tried but failed to remove Wood in his final year, but he ended up being censured by the Assembly. He did not run for re-election last time, and Republican Tom Larson won his old seat.

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