John Bolaris: I Was Attacked With a Stun Gun In the Hamptons

By a cab driver.


Meteorologist John Bolaris splits his time these days between Philadelphia and Montauk, New York, running his new company, And it is this latter city that is the setting for the latest chapter in the John Bolaris saga. And this particular chapter ends with a cab driver allegedly using a stun gun on Bolaris.

On Saturday, July 5th, Bolaris and his fiancee, former Playboy Playmate Erica Smitheman, had dinner and drinks at The Gig Shack, which serves up crab cakes, local fish “Montacos,” and live music to the grownup Hamptons set.

After dinner, just before midnight, the pair exited the restaurant onto bustling Main Street, where they hailed a cab to take them back to the Manor, the historic Montauk hotel where they stay when in town.

But then another group of people approached the cab, and that’s when the trouble began. Even though Bolaris was the one who hailed the cab, the driver told him that he was going to take the other group instead.

Some yelling ensued.

“I said, ‘We hailed you down,'” Bolaris recounted on Thursday evening from, naturally, a cab in the Hamptons. “Then I said, ‘Listen, just take all of us.’ And he said, ‘No, get away from my cab.’ I said, ‘This is B.S.’ And then I turned my head. And he ran around the cab and punched me in the face.”

After that, says Bolaris, the driver pulled out a stun gun and used it on him.

“I got a burn on my chest,” he says. “I didn’t even see it coming.”

Shortly thereafter, police arrested the 26-year-old driver, charging him with assault, criminal possession of a dangerous weapon, and physical harassment. The driver is claiming self-defense; Bolaris says he did nothing to provoke him. The driver’s attorney was not immediately available to comment.

“I don’t know how it happened,” says Bolaris. “But it does seem like there’s this dark cloud following me around.”

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  • Rocco Lamagela

    That’s because you’re the biggest douchbag going!

  • Michael Spica

    I’m still trying to get over the fact he has a playmate for a fiance.

    • billy

      she was not a playmate, just a model who posed. still outkicking his coverage

  • johny manziel

    Definitely something shady about this guy

  • Vic Doc

    John’s not a douche-bay,,,,,,the biggest douche-bag is Howard

  • Vic Doc

    John’s not douchbag……….Howard Eskin is a

    • I want a shot at Bolaris

      They both are and friends! Throw in Peruto and Bissinger, they are the douchbag brigade.

  • I want a shot at Bolaris

    So let’s take role….According to media reports, John has been 1) peed on in a bar, 2) taken advantage by Eastern European girls, 3) punched in the face in Avalon, 4) Pat the Bat took his girlfriend into the men’s room and now 4) tased by a cab driver. These things don’t just happen. Your personality attracts it. And have you ever heard John fighting back? John is plain and simple a dimwitted wussy.

    • Jane

      Does his personality attract it, or does his imagination make it happen. Me thinks he suffers from short man syndrome.

    • Sweet Briar College

      John Bolaris is definitely attracting all this drama.

  • TPath

    I want to hear the driver’s side of the story. Bolaris says he turned away and the guy ran up and hit him and the face and then used a stun gun. Does that ring true?

  • Pee Bee

    Overpaid ‘weathermen’ who f*** up out weekends with their completely wrong prediction deserve to be tazered. :) kidding! sort of…

  • Comment Guy

    Despite what anybody might think if John Bolaris, the last time I looked, assaulting someone is a crime plain and simple. Based on this story, it seems as though the cab driver got out of his cab and ran around the cab just to commit the assault. It’s still a crime if you assault someone just because you don’t like what comes out of their mouth. Throw the cab driver’s ass in jail where he belongs. Unfortunately these types of assaults have become too commonplace in our society today and usually over stupid stuff. When a person believes they are being wronged and they speak up about it, they shouldn’t have to worry about being assaulted, no matter who they are.

    • Comment Guy

      Typo on first line in above comment (“if” should have been “of”)

  • Jane

    What a Galoot. This is the same guy who predicted one of the most gorgeous July Summer Weeks of the year was going to be the most oppressively hot week-ends of the entire summer. So, about that Taser Story, i have some doubts.

  • DanTheMan

    I think it’s him. He attracts all kinds of weirdness, and for some reason young, attractive women! You know,when everywhere you go you keep smelling $hit, you better check your shoes!