Salty shrimp boat captain used anchor to take out fellow shrimper fishing 'in his spot'
SLIDELL - Deputies had to intervene in an unusual parking dispute in St. Tammany Parish Wednesday.
The sheriff's office says Casey Russell, a 35-year-old shrimp boat captain from Slidell, is on the hook for allegedly damaging another fisherman's vessel.
Deputies were first called to the Rigolets Pass near Geoghegan Canal Wednesday afternoon after receiving word of the squabble between two shrimp boats.
Investigators say Russell became boiling mad after he found the other captain fishing "in his spot" and intentionally entangled his anchor in the other boats' nets. He then allegedly used his boat to drag the vessel, damaging it and causing it to take on water.
Russell was taken into custody and booked on one count of aggravated criminal damage to property. He was additionally ticketed for interfering with a commercial fisherman.
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