National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna” got a huge stir as one of its captains, Tyler McLaughlin, was arrested for assault charges following an incident that happened late last month. North Caorlina’s Perquimans County Sheriff’s Department stated that the Pinwheel Tuna skipper was formally charged this week and was then released after paying a $10,000 bond.
Authorities told TMZ that the incident involved McLaughlin and another fisherman near the docks of North Carolina. Police officers stated that the skipper grabbed the fisherman-victim and grappled him with a choke hold while punching him in the eyes several times. The victim, as reported suffered a broken nose and black eyes.
It was also noted that McLaughlin fled the scene before the cops could arrive. Authorities added that weeks later after the incident, McLaughlin turned himself in and was booked for misdemeanor assault charges but was later released after paying a $10,000 bond.
It was not stated though as to when McLaughlin will have his day in court to enter a plea to the charges and whether or not the victim will pursue the case further. Both McLaughlin and the National Geographic Channel have not issued any statement regarding the incident.
McLaughlin is considered as the youngest skipper among the boat captain in National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” and this is not his first time to be involved in a scuffle, even the veteran skippers in the show had their dealings with McLaughlin, which involves fishing grounds. His cockiness, outspoken and competent attitude has earned the irk of some skippers in the show, but their issues are quickly resolved and McLaughlin at times would get a payback for his actions as well.
But despite his youthful activities and action, McLaughlin has earned the respect of his fellow skippers and regarded him as one of the best tuna fisherman on the East Coast. National Geographic stated that McLaughlin caught his first blue fin tuna at the age of seven and got hooked into fishing since then.
McLaughlin and his Pin Wheel FV crew of Justin DeLuca and Ari Vieira were introduced in Season Two of National Geographic Channel’s fishing series “Wicked Tun,” wherein they also won the fishing derby.
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