Puget Sound based Reality TV Show celebrity arrested over altercation with Uber driver
May 19, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Seattle Police say commercial fisherman Sigurd "Sig" Hansen, Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern and one of the stars of the "Deadliest Catch" realty TV show about commercial fishing in Alaskan waters, was arrested early Thursday by police following an altercation with a ride-share driver.
Commercial fishing vessel Captain Sig Hansen. Photo by Timdorr/Creative Commons Lic.via Wikimedia Commons.
Redacted police report. CLICKL TO ENLARGE
The driver told police he had picked up two men and two women who'd requested a ride from the 2200 block of Northwest Market Street to an address outside of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington.
"According to the driver, the Shoreline trip was cancelled in the ride-share app, which led to a dispute with the passengers over the fare," said an SPD statement.
The driver told police that during the dispute, the older male passenger—later identified as Hansen—kicked a dent in the rear passenger side of the ride-share vehicle and reportedly spit at the driver.
The driver contacted police following the incident, leading officers to contact Hansen at his residence in Shoreline.
Hansen told officers he’d been celebrating Norwegian Independence Day, but disputed any altercation with the ride-share driver.
Officers arrested Hansen and booked him into the King County Jail for assault and property destruction.
A redacted copy of the police report can be viewed at upper right.
In 2014, Sig Hansen was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame, along with legendary Tonight Show bandleader, Doc Severinsen, and 1960's pop singer Bobby Vee.