From Seattle Times reporter Jennifer Sullivan:
Former University of Washington football coach Jim Lambright has been arrested for investigation of domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted his granddaughter in Snohomish County, according to court documents.
Lambright was arrested at 10:10 p.m. last Wednesday, according to the documents from the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office. He was released on his personal recognizance the next day.
The 72-year-old Lambright has not been charged.
According to a probable-cause statement written by a responding Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy, a relative called 911 to report an assault at the family home in the 16000 block of 57th Avenue Southeast near Snohomish.
Responding Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies were greeted outside the home by three women and an elderly man. The man, identified in the statement as Lambright, said he was “frustrated” that his granddaughters were visiting and was “sick of their attitude,” the statement said. He said he had asked his granddaughter to leave, but she refused.
“Lambright stated that he had grabbed his granddaughter by the arms to force her out of the residence. He stated she was not harmed, and did not understand why we were being called,” the probable-cause statement read.
The 23-year-old granddaughter told deputies that Lambright yelled at her while she was there visiting her father. She said he grabbed her arms, yanking her down to the floor. He then dragged her five feet before she managed to escape and run outside to call for help.
Lambright’s wife, Lynne, told authorities that her husband suffers from dementia and “explosive disorder,” the statement said. She said his medical condition is worsening.
Three rifles were confiscated from the property, according to the statement.
Lambright spent more time in the UW football program as a player, assistant coach and head coach, than any person in the school’s history. Over the past two years, he has been a consultant on the Husky Stadium renovation project.
An Everett native, he was the architect of some of the top defenses in UW history as well as Pac-10 history, including the squad that helped the Huskies win the 1991 National Championship with a 12-0 record.
He took over as head coach in 1993 after Don James unexpectedly resigned and went on to lead the Huskies to a 44-25-1 record in six seasons.