Doug McLeod

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A Mississippi state lawmaker has been arrested accused of drunkenly assaulting his spouse as a result of she was taking too lengthy to undress for intercourse.

Doug McLeod, 58, was arrested on Saturday evening in George County on a minor home violence cost.

His fellow Republicans within the state mentioned Mr McLeod ought to resign instantly if the claims are true.

Mr McLeod, a father-of-three, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from the BBC.

When police arrived at his residence in Lucedale, 150 miles (240km) south-east of the state capital Jackson, they discovered Mr McLeod intoxicated with an alcoholic beverage in hand, according to an official report viewed by the Sun Herald newspaper.

Deputies described Mr McLeod as slurring his speech and strolling “sluggish in a zigzag sample”.

When he was knowledgeable police had been known as about an alleged home assault, he reportedly mentioned: “Are you kidding me?”

According to the Clarion Ledger newspaper, the officers’ report mentioned they discovered Mr McLeod’s spouse and one other girl inside the home, frightened.

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The opposite girl instructed officers that Mr McLeod’s spouse had run into her room with a bloody face.

They locked the door and Mr McLeod started banging on the door, threatening to “kill her [expletive] canine” if they didn’t let him in.

Mr McLeod’s spouse alleged her husband was drunk and “snapped” – and had finished so earlier than when intoxicated.

The lawmaker is accused of punching her within the face, bloodying her nostril, as a result of she was too sluggish in undressing to have intercourse with him.

Police reported discovering blood on the couple’s mattress and bed room ground.

She mentioned she didn’t want an ambulance, and that her daughter would take her to see a health care provider.

Mr McLeod was launched on $1,000 (£770) bail.

Mississippi Speaker of the Home of Representatives Philip Gunn, a Republican, mentioned he has tried to talk with Mr McLeod about resigning if the claims are true, calling the actions “unacceptable for anybody”.

The workplace of the state’s Governor, Phil Bryant, launched an announcement saying that “acts of abuse of any variety are reprehensible”.

Democratic state Senator David Blount additionally demanded Mr McLeod resign.

Mr McLeod, who owns a tyre firm, has been a congressman since 2012 and is up for re-election this 12 months, although he’s working unopposed.

In response to the Nationwide Coalition In opposition to Home Violence, one in three US girls have skilled some type of bodily violence from a accomplice.

A 2014 report by the coalition on Mississippi discovered a mean of seven home abuse hotline calls per hour within the state.