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Suspect arrested at Castle Heights Elementary after causing disturbance


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

A former USU Eastern basketball coach was arrested by police on Friday afternoon after causing a disturbance on the campus of Castle Heights Elementary.

According to Price City Police Captain Bill Barnes, Christopher Craig, 33, was arrested by police after jumping a curb with his car in the bus pull-in area eventually coming to a stop outside a classroom.

Police were called to the area after Craig drove onto the campus in a white car with Bible verses spray painted on the sides of the vehicle. Craig was seen driving the vehicle while dressed in "Arabic-style clothing", wearing sunglasses and had a gray shirt wrapped around his head.

Barnes said that the situation was cleared very quickly with no danger posed to the students or staff at the school.

"No one was in any danger during the incident," said Barnes.

Craig has a child that attends the school, Barnes explained, and he intended to pick the child up from school during the early Friday release.

Craig's arrest marks the second time he has been arrested within the last year. Craig was arrested in July in Arizona in a WalMart parking lot shortly after walking into the classroom on the campus of Eastern Arizona College shouting derogatory remarks towards professors and students. Craig was also spotted in Colorado last year wearing the same clothing and a bandana on his head in a parking lot shouting out things outside of his car window.

Craig left USU Eastern after guiding the mens basketball team to a third place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2010. He went on to coach as an assistant at the University of Northern Colorado for one season before leaving to become the head coach at Midland College in Texas. He left his position at Midland College last year.

Marie Leonard, a resident near Castle Heights Elementary, said she saw a number of police cars, including from Price City, Carbon County Sheriffs Office and USU Eastern Police, converge on the area along Homestead Boulevard.

"Officers were all over the place looking around and talking to the parents nearby waiting to pick up their children," said Leonard.

Students passing by along the street told Leonard they were told to stay put in their classrooms and not open any doors. Castle Heights Principal Jan Cox was not at the school on Friday and attempts to contact Carbon School District officials for comments on the situation were unsuccessful.

Craig faces multiple charges from the incident including disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license. He could face more charges down the road, Barnes said.

The Sun Advocate will post more information about the situation as it becomes available.

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