Joe Exotic's husband, Dillon Passage, was arrested Sunday in Travis County on charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, according to jail records.
Passage was a star in Netflix's breakout hit "Tiger King," a documentary series that explored the wild and sometimes criminal world of tiger breeding in the U.S. Exotic, 57, and Passage, 25, married in December 2017, which was depicted in a late episode in the series. Two months earlier, Exotic's previous husband Travis Maldonado fatally shot himself accidentally.
According to TMZ, Passage was stopped in Travis County by Manor police shortly after 3 a.m. After failing a field sobriety test, he was booked at 6:35 a.m. into Travis County Jail, where he is being held on a $3,000 bond. The charges are misdemeanor offenses.
Passage had posted a video of himself at an outdoor rooftop party on his Instagram earlier that night.
Exotic told TMZ, "I've tried my hardest to get him to quit drinking. I love him."
In a statement posted to Instagram, Exotic wrote he was "just glad no one was hurt learning (the) lesson that drinking and driving is something to take very seriously."
Exotic, legally named Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving a 22-year prison sentence for wildlife violations and a failed murder-to-hire plot against Carole Baskin, his long-time rival who runs a big cat sanctuary in Florida. Exotic was found guilty in April 2019, and is being held at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, following a COVID episode in the spring that saw him transferred from an Oklahoma prison.
The story leading up to those charges was covered extensively in "Tiger King," a blockbuster series that garnered 34.3 million unique viewers in the first ten days after its debut in March.
Exotic denies the charges, and has asked President Donald Trump for either a commutation of his sentence or an outright pardon.
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