Former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler was charged with felony charges of first-degree domestic violence assault and domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest on Wednesday.
Wheeler had been booked into King County Correctional Facility in Seattle early Saturday morning after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend at a residence in Kent and arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence.
According to the police report, officers responded to a call of a woman who was locked in a bathroom after a “physical fight” with her boyfriend.
When officers arrived at the residence they could hear screaming from inside the apartment. After forcing their way in, they heard more screaming from the bathroom. They forced their way into the bathroom and found the victim with Wheeler standing beside her, the report said.
When officers found the woman in the bathroom, her face was covered in blood and her left arm was limp against her body, the report said. She was transported to Valley Medical Center.
Wheeler initially resisted arrest before officers detained him, according to the report. Prosecutors said officers used a Taser once to him, but it had little effect.
The report said the attack began after Wheeler told the woman to bow to him. When she refused, he grabbed her and threw her on a bed.
According to the report, Wheeler then began strangling the victim causing her to lose consciousness. When she regained consciousness, Wheeler was standing near the bed and said, “Wow you’re alive?”
The women then ran into the bathroom and called 911. Wheeler picked the lock on the bathroom door and entered before officers arrived, according to the report.
In the police report, Wheeler’s girlfriend told authorities Wheeler had stopped taking his medications for a bipolar disorder in the days leading up to the assault and had “snapped into a dark place” and had a “manic episode” the night of the assault, per Henderson.
Wheeler’s charge came only a few hours after the Seahawks issued a statement saying he is “no longer with the team.” According to the NFL’s official transaction list, he was cut from the Seahawks on Wednesday.
“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence,” the team said. “Our thoughts and support are with the victim.”
Wheeler was released on a bond of $400,000 on Tuesday, jail records show. A judge ordered Wheeler to have no contact with the victim and to surrender any weapons, according to officials.
He is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 9.