Mississippi state Representative Doug McLeod (R-Lucedale) was arrested on Saturday for punching his wife after she didn’t undress fast enough when he wanted to sleep with her, according to Houston newspaper Chron.
According to a George County Sheriff’s Department police report, he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.
The lawmaker is currently free on bail, and he has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Since 2012, McLeod, 58, has served as a representative for George and Stone counties. This year, he is running for reelection unopposed.
State Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R-Clinton) has called for McLeod to step down if he indeed punched his wife.
"I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true," Gunn announced. “These actions are unacceptable for anyone."
Police officers say that McLeod was drunk when they arrived at his house on Saturday evening. They report that the representative punched his wife in the face, causing her nose to bleed.
When officials arrived at his door, they told him that they were responding to reported domestic assault, to which he replied, “Are you kidding me?”
"Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern," officials wrote.