Corrections officer charged with mishandling firearm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — A city corrections officer has been charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle following an Oct. 2 crash.

Eric B. Lambes, 23, son of Zanesville Police Chief Eric P. Lambes, was charged with the misdemeanor after Muskingum County Sheriff’s deputies found a .45 caliber handgun in his abandoned Nissan hatchback.

According to court documents, deputies were dispatched to an address on Old Coopermill Road on a report of a suspicious vehicle. There they found the car registered to the older Lambes and were told that two men fled the scene on foot following the wreck.

Deputies found the gun on the back floorboard of the vehicle, with a bullet loaded in the chamber and a spent shell casing on the floor. Chief Lambes told deputies at the scene that his son drives the car, but that he did not know where he was.

Deputies contacted the younger Lambes, who works at the Zanesville City Jail, that morning at his apartment. According to reports, he told a deputy he had been drinking the night before and did not clearly remember the crash. He said his friend had been driving and he did not know how the weapon ended up in the backseat. He also said that no one had been shooting the weapon that night.

Eric B. Lambes is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Oct. 29 in Muskingum County Municipal Court.


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