TMZ broke the story ... Cage was busted by New Orleans police after arguing with his wife and allegedly taunting cops. According to the NOPD, Cage and his wife were arguing over the location of the apartment they were renting -- as in, Nic didn't have a clue where he was.
According to eye witnesses ... before Cage was popped, he stopped by a tattoo parlor and began throwing his clothes around, demanding to get inked up.
We're told Nic seemed quite intoxicated and asked employees to call the cops. When they asked why, Cage replied ... he just didn't remember where he lived.