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Westbrook man threatens officers
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WESTBROOK -- A Westbrook man is charged with two counts of terroristic threat and test refusal after being picked up for allegedly driving while drunk.


Virgil Leon Wood, 58, allegedly threatened a crime of violence against two Westbrook Police officers Monday night after being stopped by an officer.

The complaint states Wood had stopped by the police department earlier in the evening to speak to the chief, then stopped to talk to the officer. The officer noted at the time Wood had a strong alcoholic odor on his breath and bloodshot eyes.

Wood allegedly told the officer that he sometimes drove around town drinking, but that he drove slow and wasn't going to hurt anyone. The officer explained that if he saw Wood driving under the influence, he would arrest him.

Later that evening, around 9:20 p.m., the officer was on patrol and saw a pickup without head- or taillights make a U-turn. The officer pulled the truck over and approached the driver's side door. Wood jumped out of the truck and allegedly acted in a belligerent fashion.

After being handcuffed, Wood started to yell, accusing the officer of being a tough guy, stating he had killed three cops.

Wood allegedly refused to cooperate during field sobriety tests, and would not take a breath test, claiming he had lung cancer.

While driving to the law enforcement center, Wood stated in a serious face that the police chief had put the officer up to arresting him and that he would find them all when he got out.

"You ever kill a man?" he asked the officer. "You ever shot a man in the head and watched them bleed out? Because I have."

Wood then allegedly told the officer he wasn't dumb enough to go after the police himself, but would have a buddy do it.

At the Cottonwood County Law Enforcement Center, Wood stated numerous times he would not take any tests and tried to take the implied consent forms from the officer.

The complaint states the officer checked Wood's criminal history and discovered Wood had been in prison in Texas for possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

In Minnesota, Wood pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges in March 2008 and in April 2001.

In 2002, he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and disorderly conduct, but all charges but the disorderly conduct were dropped in a plea agreement.

In 2004, he was charged with driving while impaired, violation of an order for protection and open bottle. He pleaded guilty to the DWI, in which he had an alcohol blood concentration of .258, and the other charges were dismissed.

Wood's next court appearance is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday.