CLEARWATER, FL. – A Clearwater Police officer is on administrative leave after being arrested early today by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Jason Lambe faces charges of false imprisonment, domestic battery, tampering with a witness, assault on a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer without violence. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail.
On January 27, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m., deputies responded to a residence located in Dunedin, after being dispatched to a domestic in progress.
Once on-scene, deputies made contact with 42-year-old Jason Lambe outside of the residence. Lambe was taken into custody after refusing verbal commands and resisting deputies.
Deputies then made contact with the victim, 43-year-old Bronwen Justice.
Justice reported to deputies she and Lambe were previously dating, but not in a current relationship.
According to deputies, Justice stated Lambe arrived at her residence uninvited on January 23, 2022, confiscated her cell phone, and refused to allow her to leave the residence. For multiple days, Lambe refused to allow Justice to leave her residence, battered her, and threatened to kill her and then himself. Justice sustained multiple minor injuries but did not require medical attention.
“Upon learning of the arrest, the department immediately initiated the process required to separate employment. The employee will be placed on administrative leave without pay while the process to separate is underway,” said Police Chief Dan Slaughter. “We are deeply troubled to learn what the victim and her family experienced. There is nothing that excuses that kind of behavior. We hope Mr. Lambe gets the help that so many people have encouraged him to receive.”
Lambe has been with the agency since 2006, according to Clearwater Police.