ARLINGTON, Texas -- An Arlington police official was arrested by his own officers early Sunday morning and charged with assaulting a family member.

According to a statement from the department, police were called to the home of Assistant Chief James Hawthorne in the 6100 block of Sea Island Trail around 1 a.m. to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Neighbors told News 8 they saw clothing on the front lawn of the residence before police arrived.

Hawthorne, who was off-duty, was taken into custody facing charges of assault with bodily injury. Bail had not been set as of 9 a.m. Sunday.

I am deeply disappointed that an Arlington assistant police chief was involved in an incident of domestic violence, said Police Chief Will Johnson in a written statement. Regardless of who you are or where you work, domestic violence will not be tolerated or ignored in our community.

Hawthorne is on administrative leave pending results of his criminal case and an internal investigation.

He has been with the department for 28 years and works in the Community Support Bureau. He was among the applicants for Arlington police chief.

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