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'Fixer Upper' Couple Chip & Joanna Secret ARREST Revealed

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Oct. 24 2016, Updated 10:06 a.m. ET

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Chip and Joanna Gaines couldn't control their dogs — or their finances, RadarOnline.com has learned!

The Fixer Upper couple detailed their struggles before reality TV in The Magnolia Story, and revealed that Chip, 41, was arrested on behalf of 38-year-old Joanna's warrant!

They explained that they let their three dogs roam around their Waco, TX block without supervision or restraint, which annoyed across-the-street neighbor.

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"Every single time she saw them off the leash — which was just about all the time — she called animal control," said Chip. "The people from the pound would show up, haul the dogs downtown in their van, and write us a ticket either in Jo's name or my name."

"These weren't like parking tickets either," he explained. "They came with heavy fines, which I absolutely refused to pay out of some misguided form of principle….well, guess what? When you don't pay your fines, eventually the police come looking for you."

"We owed something like $2,500 in tickets, and we simply didn't have that kind of money lying around even if we wanted to pay the fines," Joanna elaborated, noting that she was just about to give birth to their first son.

She went on to explain a week after she gave birth, the police arrived at their home to act on her arrest warrant. Chip denied she was home, and soon after the couple "decided to make it right."

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They called the judge, and the clerk told them they had an appointment to alleviate their debts. They showed up for their meeting, and switched the tickets into Chip's name — but there was a catch.

"They weren't going to let us talk to the judge at all," Joanna said. "The whole thing was just a sting to get us to come down there and be arrested. They arrested Chip on the spot."

Chip's bail was set at $800, and Joanna was forced to clear out her store's cash register to get her husband out from behind bars.

Stay with Radar for more on the Gaines family.

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