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Innocent pleas are entered in one county where Rep. Jeff Wood faces OWI charges

Innocent pleas were entered Tuesday in one of three counties where State Rep. Jeff Wood faces OWI charges.

Wood is currently getting treatment in St. Cloud, Minn.

His attorney stood mute on the phone, while a judge in Monroe County entered innocent pleas to misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and bail jumping.

A hearing is set for Nov. 30th Sparta to hear pre-trial requests in that case. Wood, an independent from Chippewa Falls, was arrested last month in Tomah. He's also due in court Dec. 9 in Marathon County, where he was arrested in September for driving while intoxicated.

In both those cases, Wood told officers he had taken anti-anxiety medications. Wood's also facing charges of driving drunk and possessing marijuana in Columbia County.

Wood's challenging the marijuana charge, saying a state trooper illegally searched his car.

A ruling on that is expected Dec. 1.

A state Assembly panel is considering a petition to remove Wood from the Legislature.

He says he won't resign now, but he won't run for a fourth two-year term next November.

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