Seattle police release ‘Deadliest Catch’ star Sig Hansen’s arrest video: ‘I suppose I gotta pay the piper’

The reality TV star is accused of spitting on the Uber driver and denting the driver’s car after learning he couldn’t pay cash for his family’s ride home. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault and property destruction

Seattle police have released video and audio recordings from the arrest last month of “Deadliest Catch” star Sig Hansen after an alleged altercation with an Uber driver.

The recordings, released Friday under a public-records request, capture the arrest of Hansen after officers went to his Shoreline home to investigate the May 18 incident. It also captures the cable-TV celebrity arguing with officers and denying that the altercation took place.

“When you hire someone to take you home so you don’t drive drunk, and the guy complicates things, it’s like uh — you know, I’m a person of principles. And when you can’t act with your principles, you have a problem. You know what I mean?” Hansen tells police after he’s been handcuffed.

Hansen, 51, has been accused of spitting on the Uber driver and denting the driver’s car after learning he couldn’t pay cash for his family’s ride home. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault and property destruction.

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He has pleaded not guilty.

According to police, Hansen and his wife, stepdaughter and son-in-law were picked up by an Uber driver in the 2200 block of Northwest Market Street sometime after 2 a.m. after Norwegian Constitution Day celebrations in Ballard.

The driver started to take Hansen and his family to Shoreline when the driver “was notified the trip had been canceled in the Uber application,” the police report said. “This meant if he continued the trip, he would not be paid.”

When the driver asked the passengers to request another ride through Uber’s app, they instead tried to pay him in cash, the report said. The driver told the group that Uber didn’t…

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