Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in face over sex

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi lawmaker punched his wife in the face after she didn’t undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex, according to a police report in the case.

Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

The document was filed with the George County Sheriff’s Department. McLeod is free on bail.

The 58-year-old McLeod has represented George and Stone counties since 2012. He’s unopposed for reelection this year.

McLeod hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Meg Annison, a spokeswoman for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton, said Gunn was traveling Tuesday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Deputies reported McLeod was drunk and holding a glass of alcohol when they arrived at the family’s homet. 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.