VIDEO: Tinley Park man charged with using stun gun on wife to settle Bears-Packers game wager
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com November 6, 2013 7:34PM
Updated: December 9, 2013 10:33AM
The Bears-Green Bay Packers rivalry always has been an electrifying one, but Monday night’s Bears victory led to charges against a Tinley Park man after he allegedly stun-gunned his wife one too many times.
Bears fan John M. Grant, 42, was charged in Wisconsin with possession of an electric weapon — which he allegedly used on his Packers-fan wife after she lost a friendly bet on Monday’s game, according to Mayville, Wis., Police Chief Christopher MacNeill. His 32-year-old wife, Nicole Grant, declined medical attention, police said.
“Hell, yeah, it hurt,” she told police in Wisconsin, according to the police report.
The truck-driving husband-wife team stopped at Sidelines Bar in Mayville to watch the Bears-Packers game on TV, bar owner Chris Neu said in a telephone interview. “They were very nice people” who were visiting his bar for the first time, he said.
And, throughout the game, they were talking about a bet they had, Neu said. He later learned that the bet was that the loser would get zapped by the winner, he said. At the end of the game, the couple stepped outside, and half the bar patrons followed, Neu said.
“She put her hands up on the wall and he Tasered her butt twice,” Neu said.
Nicole Grant was not only laughing but wanted the incident recorded on video, he said.
“Everyone was having fun with it,” he said, adding that the stun gun was passed around and others were trying it on themselves.
“It doesn’t drop you to the ground,” Neu said. “It just gives you a jolt.”
But it didn’t end there.
According to Neu, the wife returned to the bar while the husband used the restroom. When he came out, “he goosed her with it. She was caught off guard and it started an argument,” he said.
According to the police report, when the couple walked back to their truck, where they were to sleep, John Grant threw Nicole’s dog out of the truck and would not let her in. Nicole walked to another downtown business, Dan’s King Pin, and called police at 12:39 a.m.
The Grants could not be reached for comment. A woman who answered a number listed for the Grants immediately hung up.
John Grant appeared Tuesday in Dodge County court and was released on bond, the chief said. The charge is a felony that carries a penalty of six years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
According to the police report, the wife had planned to press domestic battery charges against her husband, saying she did not give consent to the zapping. But, police said, she allowed an officer to review her cell phone video, which showed her laughing during the incident. Her husband was not charged with domestic battery, according to police.
MacNeill said Grant’s weapon is not an official Taser but a 3,800K volt stun gun that delivers ultra-high voltage when applied to the skin, causing burns and pain. Police found the weapon in Grant’s truck. It is illegal in Wisconsin to possess the weapon.
John Grant told police he bought several Tasers at a Virginia truck stop and did not know the weapon was illegal in Wisconsin.
The Grants had been in the bar since 6 p.m. John Grant’s blood-alcohol level was .137 and his wife’s was .155, according to police.
“You have electricity. You have alcohol. Something bad is going to happen,” MacNeill said, describing the couple as “intoxicated” and “cooperative.”
In his 21-plus years as a police officer, MacNeill said this is the first time he has seen anything like this.
When there’s a football rivalry as hot as this one, the chief said, he has seen “friendly ribbing that goes too far, but nothing to this extreme.”
“This takes the Bears-Packers rivalry up to a whole new level. The facts are so bizarre, you just cannot make this up,” MacNeill said.
Said Neu: “He was a decent guy for a Bears fan. I never would have guessed it would end up like this.”