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Charleston police arrest veteran West Liberty AD

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four people, including West Liberty University's longtime athletic director, were arrested Saturday night at Embassy Suites in Charleston following the school's conference championship win.

Athletic Director James Watson, 66, was charged with obstructing an officer. His son, Brian Watson, 28, and two West Liberty athletes also were arrested.

Charleston police were called to disperse a crowd of about 200 people at the hotel about 10:30 p.m. Multiple attempts to quiet the crowd were unsuccessful, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.

The crowd was made up mostly of West Liberty fans celebrating the victory over Fairmont State, Cooper said. West Liberty, which is ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA's Division II, won its third straight conference title.

Cooper said more than a dozen uniformed officers responded and found the large crowd, many of whom appeared to be "extremely intoxicated." Security officers told police they couldn't get the group under control and they had received numerous complaints from other guests about the disturbance.

James Watson, who has been athletic director at university for 23 years, was charged with obstruction. Watson, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, has worked at the university for more than 41 years, according to his biography on the school's website.

Also arrested were Tyler Tucci, 22, a West Liberty football player from Ohio, and Gabrielle Davis, a 19-year-old West Liberty volleyball player.

from Ohio. Both Tucci and Davis were charged with obstruction.