ATHENS, Ga. — A 44-year-old Athens man is facing criminal charges after he created a scene with a Taser on Monday at a bar downtown.
Meredith Grayson Watson, of Hiawassee Avenue, got into an argument with his wife at the Roadhouse on North Lumpkin Street, then went outside and held a Taser as if it were his penis and discharged it at passersby, Athens-Clarke police said.
A bartender called police at about 2:30 p.m. to report the man’s behavior.
She told officers that Watson’s wife was a good customer at the Roadhouse, but Monday was the first time she ever saw Watson, police said. They were arguing about him being intoxicated as they entered the bar.
The bartender overheard the couple arguing about Watson supposedly being high and that he was going to end up in jail, according to police.
The man’s wife left the bar and Watson went after her, but he quickly returned and resumed drinking, setting a Taser on the bar, police said.
Watson then began to use the device.
“(The bartender) stated he went outside and put the Taser down to his pants and was acting like it was his penis,” according to the arrest report.
“When people would walk by he would shock it at them and would come as close as arm’s reach from them and set the Taser off,” according to the report. “He scared a few girls so much they crossed the street to get away.”
The report did not mention anyone actually getting shocked by the Taser.
Watson was jailed on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct at 6:04 p.m. and released about four hours later after posting a bond of $1,000.