Grant Hackett arrested on the Gold Coast

TROUBLED swimming champion Grant Hackett has been arrested on the Gold Coast.

Hackett has been taken into custody and is in Southport watchhouse.

Footage showed him resting his head on the seat of the car before he sat up and appeared to raise his handcuffs to the window.

His father Nev said his son had been arrested over "mental health issues" but declined to comment further.

The former Olympic gold medallist was filmed being driven to the Southport police watchhouse in handcuffs.

Police are believed to have been called to Hackett's family home at Mermaid Waters just before noon following reports of a disturbance.

Officers are believed to have found him asleep when they arrived.

Some reports state witnesses described Hackett as earlier "going off" while stabbing a chopping block.

The 36-year-old, who represented Australia at three Olympic Games was born on the Gold Coast and attempted a comeback before the 2016 Rio Games.

In recent years he has struggled in his personal life, including a well-publicised incident in April last year when he allegedly grabbed the nipple of a fellow plane passenger.

Hackett phoned his alleged victim to apologise for his actions on a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. The 35-year-old pledged to donate a sum of money to a charity of the man's choice.

"I seriously and genuinely regret my poor behaviour," he said in a statement. "I have stuffed up more than once and am working on these issues."

It came a couple of years after the former Olympic hero spent time in a US rehab clinic where he was treated for a sleeping pill addiction after photos emerged of him looking lost with a singlet wrapped around his waist as a pair of shorts.

Before that there were two other high profile controversies.

In 2011 he trashed the Melbourne apartment he shared with then wife Candice Alley, who was home with their twins, Jagger and Charlize.

As many as eight police cars were called to the luxury apartment after a distressed 000 was made to police.

In 2011 Hackett trashed his luxury penthouse in an incident involving his then-wife Candice Alley which led police to be called.

Pictures emerged of the damage caused in the apartment - which included some of the items his wife most cherished like her piano, a dresser and framed photographs.

A bedroom door was also destroyed, as were some of the children's' toys were trashed.

The couple later said they were dealing with some "private issues".

Months later he had an alcohol-fuelled night at Crown Casino during - and after - the Logie Awards in April 2012, where he was asked to leave a Channel 9 party and fell asleep in a stairwell.

At about 3am and the Olympian was approached by bouncers at a nightclub in the casino complex and told he should "call it a night". Hackett is said to have fully co-operated with staff and promptly left, without an escort.

The following morning Channel 9's Today aired footage of a sweaty Hackett at the party struggling to form a sentence. When asked by a reporter for his favourite song, Hackett stumbles: "I don't know my favourite song 'cos there's are so many favourite songs. 'Cos if I could name one I would."

The following month he and Alley split and he was dumped from his ambassador role at the Alannah and Madeline Foundation which aims to protect children from violence.

More to come.

- Additional reporting by Gold Coast Bulletin and

News Corp Australia

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