Seahawks lineman arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
Seattle Seahawks lineman Chad Wheeler was held Monday evening on charges of felony domestic violence, according to The Seattle Times.
Wheeler was originally booked at the King County Correctional Facility in the early hours of Saturday morning, the Times reported, citing police records. He appeared in King County District Court Monday, where bail was set at $400,000 and he was ordered not to contact the alleged victim, his girlfriend.
Wheeler, a restricted free agent, joined the team in October 2019. The team said in a statement Monday night, “We are aware of the situation and still gathering information,” according to the Times.
A Kent, Wash., police report said Wheeler’s girlfriend locked herself in the bathroom after a physical altercation with him, telling 911 operators that she was being “killed” and that her arm was dislocated. Upon entering Wheeler’s apartment, police said they heard screaming from a bathroom and found both Wheeler and the victim inside.
The Times did not name Wheeler’s girlfriend in accordance with its policy on coverage of domestic violence.
The alleged victim was taken to Valley Medical Center for pain in her arm, according to the newspaper. Police records indicate Wheeler is 6’7” and 310 pounds while his girlfriend is 5’9” and 145 pounds.
The report states Wheeler had seized his girlfriend and thrown her on the bed, where he allegedly strangled her until she lost consciousness and said “Wow, you’re alive?” when she regained consciousness. At that point, she retreated to the bathroom and called 911, according to the report.
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