Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler has been accused of choking his girlfriend unconscious this week in a Washington apartment after she allegedly refused to bow to him.
Wheeler was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence Monday night after the alleged victim called 911 to report she was being “killed,” according to a Kent Police Department report obtained by The Seattle Times.
Police officers who arrived at the scene heard screaming from the apartment in Kent and forced their way inside. They followed the screams to the bathroom, where after forcing the door they discovered Wheeler and the woman.
The alleged victim, who has not been identified, told police that the “physical fight” broke out between the pair after Wheeler had demanded that she bow to him. She told police that when she didn’t comply, he grabbed her and threw her on the bed. He then began strangling her until she lost consciousness, according to the report.
When she regained consciousness, Wheeler was standing near the bed and said, “Wow you’re alive?” authorities said she told them.
It was then that she ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside, she told police, then made calls to 911 and her family. Authorities said that at that point Wheeler picked the lock and forced himself inside.
The woman was taken to Valley Medical Center for arm pain.
Wheeler, who weighs 310 pounds and is 6’7,” had reportedly not been taking his medication for bipolar disorder at the time of the incident, according to the report. He refused to speak to police and was transported to King County Jail.
Jail records indicate that Wheeler was released on a $400,000 bond on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old backup offensive tackle played in five games last season, according to ESPN. He joined the team in October of 2019 after an earlier stint with the New York Giants.
The Seahawks said in a statement to ESPN that they were “aware of the situation and still gathering information.”
Wheeler had a run-in with police in December 2015 while he was a student at the University of Southern California. Police were called to an apartment after Wheeler, who was allegedly under-the-influence, was punching walls and windows and had to be subdued by officers with multiple bean bag rounds, The New York Post reported.
After that incident, Wheeler was transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
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