'Deadliest Catch' star Sig Hansen arrested after dispute with Uber driver
SHORELINE, Wash. - "Deadliest Catch" star Sig Hansen was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly kicked an Uber driver's car and reportedly spit at him, police said.
Mark Jamieson with the Seattle Police Department says the incident occurred in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood around 2 a.m.
In a series of tweets on Thursday afternoon, Hansen apologized:
"Regarding the altercation last night, I am terribly sorry for my behavior and am very embarrassed by it. I owe a bunch of people apologies, first and foremost to our Uber driver, who was just trying to get us home safely.. I hope I can make that apology in person. I have no excuse, and accept responsibility for my actions.," the three tweets say.
Police say an Uber driver picked up two men and two women who had been in Ballard to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day.
They wanted to go Shoreline. But the ride was canceled in the Uber app.
That meant the driver would not be paid. He told the passengers to use the app again to request a ride, according to a police report.
Instead, he was offered cash, which Uber does not allow drivers to accept.
The passengers got out. The driver later told police that Hansen kicked a dent in his car and reportedly spit at him.
Officers went to Hansen's Shoreline home early Thursday morning.
The police report describes Hansen as intoxicated and said that he denied any altercation.
"I got my family home. We're safe and sound. That's it," police report quotes Hansen as saying.
Asked about a possible altercation with an Uber driver, the police report says Hansen told officers, "Nope. So no is no. This means we're done."
Then he clapped his hands and tried to return to his house. Police tried to keep him from going into his house and after brief resistance, Hansen allowed officers to handcuff him, the police report says.
He later apologized to police for not stopping when they told him to.
Hansen told police his son-in-law had offered the driver $100 and that he thought the driver stupid for not accepting the money, the police report said.
Before he left with police, a family member took Hansen's watch, which is Hansen told officers is worth $46,000, according to the police report.
He was booked into jail for investigation of assault and property destruction. Bail was set at $2,000, according to jail records.
He was released from jail Thursday afternoon.
Hansen is captain of the Seattle-built and based fishing vessel "Northwestern," which is regularly featured on the Discovery Channel series that has aired since 2005.
Snohomish County prosecutors recently decided not to pursue criminal charges against him over claims that he molested his toddler daughter years ago.
His estranged daughter has pursued a civil lawsuit against him.