Police free Houston man duct taped to pole after losing bet

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March 31 (UPI) -- Houston police responding to multiple calls about a man duct-taped to a yield sign arrived to find a man who had lost a bet -- and they nearly Tased his friend.

Police responded Wednesday to an intersection in northeast Houston where drivers reported seeing a man duct taped to a yield sign. They arrived to find a second man with a knife approaching the taped individual.


"Drop the knife or I'll Tase you," KHOU-TV quoted an officer as shouting at the man.

Police soon discovered the man was actually attempting to cut down his friend, Miguel Chavez, who had been taped to the sign as punishment for losing a bet.

Chavez said he lost a bet he placed on the Houston Rockets/Golden State Warriors game.

He said his punishment was to either allow himself to be duct taped to a street sign or a car, so he decided to flip a coin.

"Heads was for the pole. Tails was for the car," Chavez told KDFW-TV. "It landed on heads, and everything went from there."

The police helped Chavez down from the pole and gave him a ride home. No charges were filed in the incident.


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