A lawmaker from south Mississippi is accused of punching his wife in the face while drunk after she apparently took to long to undress for sex.
Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod, 58, of Lucedale, was arrested Saturday after police were called to his home, the Biloxi-based Sun Herald reports, citing an arrest report they obtained.
When deputies arrived at the lawmaker’s home, he was holding a glass of alcohol, according to the arrest report. When they told him they were there because someone reported a domestic assault, he responded, “Are you kidding me?”
He allegedly punched his wife in the face after she took too long to undress to have sex. Deputies detailed in their report that they discovered blood in the house, both on the couple’s bed and on the bedroom floor. It is believed that the victim's nose was bloodied during the alleged assault.
“Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” according to the report. Despite his alleged intoxication, deputies noted he tried to state, in that slurred speech, that everything was okay. Meanwhile, his wife and an unnamed woman were at the top of a stairwell, frightened, according to the sheriff’s department. The lawmaker allegedly threatened to kill the unnamed woman’s dog as she was helping his scared wife. She was reportedly so scared she was visibly shaking.
McLeod’s wife only came outside to talk to deputies after they assured her they would keep the representative away from her, they wrote. She said her husband was drunk which led to him snapping, something that's happened before.
McLeod was charged with domestic assault and released by Monday after being set free on a $1,000 signature bond. It’s not clear if he has an attorney. He’s been a lawmaker in the area since 2012 and is running unopposed for re-election this year, the Associated Press reports.
In light of the domestic abuse allegations, the state’s house speaker has asked for McLeod’s resignation.
“I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true,” State House Speaker Philip Gunn, the Huff Post reports. “These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”
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