PHOENIX — A former “Deadliest Catch” star was arrested in Phoenix on charges of vehicle theft and drug possession over the weekend, police said Monday.
Jacob Harris, who once starred on the Discovery TV series with his brother Josh and father Phil, was arrested on Saturday for one count of vehicle theft, one count of possession of dangerous drugs and one count of possession of prescription drugs.
According to court documents, Harris traveled to Arizona from Washington state with an unidentified female companion and was staying at a hotel near Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue in Phoenix.
The woman called police on Saturday after she woke up and noticed Harris and her car gone, court documents said, so she called Phoenix police to report the car missing.
Later, court documents said, the woman called Harris and went to pick up him and the car at a Circle K gas station near 19th and Campbell avenues in Phoenix. Once the woman went to get Harris, she called police to report that the vehicle was located.
Police responded to the call at the Circle K gas station and confronted Harris, who told police he originally left the hotel to get breakfast for the woman and himself and believed he had her consent to drive the vehicle.
A police officer had asked Harris if he would empty his pockets to see if he had the car keys when a clear, plastic baggie containing pills of Xanax, a prescription medication to treat anxiety and panic attacks, fell out. Harris was then arrested after he could not produce a prescription for the medication, according to court documents.
Officers also located a white, crystallized substance that was later identified as crystal methamphetamine on Harris’s person, court documents said. Harris said he had last used the meth two days prior to his arrest and told police he had bought it off the street, as well as the Xanax.
After being booked in Fourth Avenue Jail, Harris was released from custody on his own recognizance. He is set to appear at a status conference on May 5.
This isn’t Harris’s first run-in with the law. He was arrested for a DUI in 2010, just months after his father passed away. In 2016, he was “seriously injured” after being tossed from a moving vehicle.
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