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'Deadliest Catch' star arrested after alleged assault of Uber driver

Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times on

Published in Entertainment News

SEATTLE -- Celebrity boat captain Sig Hansen was arrested and jailed early Thursday for investigation of assault and property destruction in connection with an early morning incident with an Uber driver in Ballard, Seattle police said.

Hansen, of "Deadliest Catch" fame, was arrested at a residence in Shoreline, though it was unclear early Thursday if the arrest came at his home, Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said.

King County Jail records show he was booked at 4:05 a.m. in connection with assault and property destruction charges.

Hansen's arrest came after he and two other people tried to take an Uber car from Ballard at about 2 a.m., Jamieson said.

"Apparently there was a dispute about how this group of individuals would pay the driver," Jamieson said. "They tried to pay with cash, and when the driver told them that Uber doesn't work that way, they can't pay with cash, the suspect became insistent."

After the driver refused to take the group to its destination and let them out, Hansen, who appeared drunk, got out and kicked the car, Jamieson said.

"He apparently kicked the car, putting a dent in it," Jamieson said. "The driver drove away and called police."

During the dispute, "There was also an allegation that somebody in the party spat on the driver," Jamieson said.

Responding officers later went to Shoreline, about 10 miles north of downtown Seattle, and spoke with Hansen, Jamieson said.

"Based on what they said up there, the suspect was taken into custody."

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