Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

James A. Lambert, a former officer of the California Highway Patrol office in Crescent City, was arrested for felony assault in Enumclaw, Wash., last Saturday.

King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Abbott said the case is still pending. He said about 12:35 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 35800 block of 249 Avenue in response to a domestic disturbance in progress.

Prior to arrival, deputies were informed that numerous people were involved in the disturbance and one subject was being held at gunpoint, Abbott said.

Officers arrested Lambert, accusing him of attempting to strangle his 25-year-old daughter. He was booked into King County (Washington) Jail at 4:32 a.m. and conditionally released later that afternoon. Abbott said the daughter and another female were arrested for striking another person with a handgun and firing warning shots into the air.

Abbott said a charge of felony assault is being sent to the prosecutor’s office and the incident is being investigated by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Task Force.

Crescent City CHP Commander Larry Depee had little information to offer about Lambert’s previous employment, other than Lambert retired from the Crescent City division in 2011.

That same year, Lambert sought $3.5 million in a lawsuit against CHP, claiming discrimination by his superiors for being a whistleblower on another officer, and other allegations. The lawsuit demanded the issue go before a jury. No information was immediately available regarding if the lawsuit was ever heard in court or resolved.

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