‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Arrested for DUI, Hit and Run

by | February 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM | TV News

'Deadliest Catch' Deckhand Jake Harris (Discovery)

'Deadliest Catch' Deckhand Jake Harris (Discovery)


It’s been a tough few weeks for the ‘Deadliest Catch‘ crew.

Jake Harris, son of the late Captain Phil Harris, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, TMZ reports.

Washington State troopers confirm the youngest Harris son, 24, has been charged with DUI, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license, all misdemeanors, after allegedly being involved in a car accident Thursday night in Seattle.

Harris was pulled over in his father’s BMW around 9 p.m. after calls reported it being driven “erratically,” and it matched the description of a vehicle that crashed into another car and fled earlier in the evening.

“He failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a toxicological test,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Dan McDonald said. “After further investigation, it was found that he was involved in a hit and run with another occupied vehicle earlier in the evening. He had rear-ended another car.”

Harris was booked in King County Jail, where bail was set at $2,000.

A spokesperson for the Harris family told local TV station KIRO that “Harris was not intoxicated and did not hit another car.”

Jake is said to be struggling over his father’s death.

It was just a little over a week ago on Feb. 9 that Jake’s father Captain Phil Harris passed away at age 53 after suffering complications from a stroke.

Jake and his brother Josh, who both co-star on ‘Deadliest Catch,’ followed dad’s footsteps into the brutal fishing industry, serving as deckhands on the Cornelia Marie, the boat captained by their father for 18 years.