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Wrestling coach accused of smoking pot, resisting arrest

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

A Phoenix high school wrestling coach is in hot water after police say they caught him and another man smoking marijuana.

Police say 26-year-old Cory Watson, a wrestling coach at Phoenix Christian High School, and 29-year-old Adam Yazzie were caught smoking marijuana near 6th Street and Mill Avenue on June 1.

A police report states Yazzie initially resisted arrest. An officer was only able to handcuff one hand when he had to help a second officer handle Watson.

The two bicycle officers tried to arrest Watson several times, but he allegedly kept breaking their grip, swinging at them and attempted to run away. They eventually had to Tase him to subdue him.

After Watson was finally handcuffed, the two officers realized Yazzie had escaped the area.

He was found, with one hand still in handcuffs, shortly afterward near University Drive and Veteran's Way.

Yazzie allegedly refused to stop running from police and they were forced to Tase him. He was taken to Scottsdale Heathcare Hospital for treatment.

According to a police report, both officers had bruising and scratches incurred during the arrests.

Yazzie was medically cleared on Thursday and was physically arrested on that morning.

During a records check, officers found out Yazzie has an extensive history, including failing to register as a sex offender.

Yazzie faces charges of resisting arrest with physical force, escaping felony custody in the second degree, marijuana possession/use, possession/use of drug paraphernalia and theft.

Watson faces drug charges, along with resisting arrest and aggravated assault on an officer.

A records check on Watson also showed he has an outstanding Tempe city warrant for shoplifting. Police say they found a baggie of marijuana in his pocket.

Phoenix Christian High School released this statement:

Phoenix Christian was saddened to hear about the recent arrest of its former employee, Cory Watson. We are concerned for Mr. Watson, are praying for him and his family, and are cooperating with authorities as this situation unfolds.

Mr. Watson served as a part-time, assistant wrestling coach for Phoenix Christian for about 10 weeks. His contract expired in early February, and he was not employed by the school at the time of his arrest. Phoenix Christian will be closely monitoring the case. If the investigation reveals that Mr. Watson committed the offenses for which he has been charged, those acts would cause him to be ineligible for future employment with Phoenix Christian.

Because none of the allegations against Mr. Watson affected or involved any of Phoenix Christian's students, Phoenix Christian will decline further comment at this time.

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