A Clearwater police officer was arrested early Wednesday morning after a domestic incident.

According to police, Christopher England was charged with domestic battery and tampering with a witness after officers were called to England’s residence.

The incident started as a verbal dispute shortly after midnight and then grew physical.

The tampering charge stems from England trying to deny his girlfriend the ability to call 911.

England has been a police officer with Clearwater for five years.

He will be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Wednesday morning.