JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn on Tuesday said he wants a state representative accused of domestic violence to resign if allegations are true that he punched his wife in the face for not undressing quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.
Gunn in a statement called the alleged actions of Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod “unacceptable.”
McLeod was arrested Saturday at his home in Lucedale.
A George County Sheriff’s Department investigative report obtained by the Sun Herald says McLeod, 58, was visibly drunk when deputies arrived at the family’s home Saturday night.
Deputies report McLeod had punched his wife and bloodied her nose. They found blood on the bed and bedroom floor.
When McLeod opened the door and officers told him they were responding to a report of a domestic assault, they wrote that he replied “Are you kidding me?”
The deputies said they could hear McLeod when he walked back inside, yelling that “the cops are here.”
“Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” deputies wrote, adding he was so inebriated he had to grab a handrail to maintain his balance.
When deputies entered, they said two women were standing at the top of a stairwell and both appeared frightened. McLeod’s wife eventually came outside after deputies assured her they would keep her away from her husband.
The deputy said McLeod’s wife was shaking and upset. McLeod’s wife said her husband was drunk and “just snapped,” as he often does when under the influence of alcohol, the report said.
Another woman present said McLeod’s wife came running up to her room, her face bloodied. The woman shut the door and locked it with McLeod’s wife inside.
The other woman said McLeod started banging on the door and telling the women to open it. He told the other woman if she didn’t open the door, he’d “kill her (expletive) dog.”
McLeod’s wife did not want go to the hospital by ambulance, but assured authorities she’d have her daughter take her to get checked so authorities would have a report of the injuries.
George County Sheriff Keith Harvard told the paper the investigation is still open.
The Associated Press reported that McLeod is free on bail and didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
McLeod has represented George and Stone counties since 2012. He’s unopposed for reelection this year.
“I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true,” Speaker Gunn said in a statement. “These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Report: Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife because she undressed too slowly for sex