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'Swamp People' Star

Arrested for Hitting a Cop

10/3/2011 5:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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One of the gator hunters on the History Channel reality show "Swamp People" is rotting away in a Louisiana jail cell ... after cops say he attacked a police officer last month.

TMZ has learned Nicholas Payne -- who served as apprentice to overall-wearing, American flag bandana sporting bad ass Bruce Mitchell -- was arrested on Sept. 23.

According to the police report, cops in St. Tammany Parish, Looooosiana got a call about a "disturbance" at a private home ... and when they got to the scene, Payne committed a battery on one of the responding officers with his "hands/fist/feet."

26-year-old Payne was arrested for disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and felony battery of a police officer. Payne's bail was set at $10,000 -- but he hasn't forked over the cash yet ... so he's still locked up.

A rep for History tells us, "Nicholas has not been part of the show since filming concluded last season ... and we have no additional comment."

Payne is due in court next month.

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jr70895    

Looooosiana? WTF is that

1032 days ago
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randy    

being in jail, might be consider a good day for this guy. who wants to catch man eating gators all day.

1032 days ago
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INeedFacebookFriends.com    

he should play "Swamp,Swamp,Swamp...Swamp Music" on his 8 track stereo.

Play some Skynyrd, Man!

1032 days ago
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bunny    

He wants to hit a cop? Let him stay there.

1032 days ago
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Ghost Rider    

Cops are MONSTERS!

1032 days ago
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jhon scotti    

probably got arrested for mollesting his own child or had sex with his cousin

1032 days ago
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tellmeaboutit     

Reality tv is running hard to surpass rappers as the highest producer of douche bags in the world. Do people actually watch this garbage??? Amazing.

1032 days ago
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oleman    

when did this guy attain celebrity status????

1032 days ago
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Dave    

F the cops, most, if not all of them, need a good ass whoopin and a tazer shot to the scrotum - daily

1032 days ago
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Blood Red Witch    

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1032 days ago
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Jodi    

"A rep for History tells us, "Nicholas has not been part of the show since filming concluded last season."....well I hope he's not expecting any History reps to bail him out. He's probably in there until he goes to court.

1032 days ago
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Gladdensnoot    

oleman: 3 hours ago
when did this guy attain celebrity status????

About the same time Perugia, Italy became part of the "Thirty Mile Zone".

1032 days ago
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Carl    

Who'd have thought that a redneck that is referred to as a "Swamp Person" would end up in jail?

1032 days ago
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tre    

WHO?

1032 days ago
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Bstro    

This is my cousin and we had the same job together until this happened. He is a good father to his two children. He was stereo-typed and didn't stand a chance to "St. Slammany's" hard-ass deputies....they have a 99% conviction rate and make more money locking people up than anything!

1032 days ago
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