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Representative Jeff Wood speaks after court hearing

SPARTA (WXOW) -- A plea agreement for a lawmaker is off the table, for now.

In June, Jeff Wood reached a plea deal in his drunk driving case in Monroe County.

But Wednesday, he said he didn't understand what that agreement meant, so he wasn't comfortable moving forward.

What was supposed to be a plea agreement turned into a motion hearing for Representative Wood.

"I didn't have any idea what they were talking about, so I just decided to speak to them myself," he says.

Instead, Judge Todd Ziegler agreed to set a status conference between Wood and the district attorney's office for August 16 at 1:30 p.m..

"The hope is to always resolve cases. I cannot predict how this one will turn out," says Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary.

"Things on a personal level have improved quite a bit since I've been completely sober and trying to put things back together," Wood says.

Wood says he completed probation treatment and is enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous.

In the Assembly, he says he's been active with constituent work while other focus on the election.

Wood will appear unrepresented at that status conference.

If he can't work out an agreement with the district attorney, he will find a lawyer for trial.

Wood still faces an impaired driving charge in Marathon County.

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