Bar customer charged with drugging bartender
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A man appeared in a Wood County court Monday after being accused of attempting to drug a bartender.
Michael Shanahan was at a bar on Sept. 2 when he allegedly began to flirt with the bartender, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. He asked to buy her a drink, and she accepted when her manager agreed it was okay.
The woman made her own drink, but said she left it unattended while she was working. When she returned, she said the drink tasted unusually sweet, and she soon began to feel dizzy and nauseous.
The bartender went to Riverview Medical Center in Wisconsin Rapids, where they found benzodiazepines in her blood.
Police watched the surveillance video from the bar, which showed Shanahan walk toward the drink, put his hand over the drink, and then return to his seat.
He has been charged with placing foreign objects in edibles as a repeat offenders and other crimes. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.