Former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was charged with first-degree home violence assault on Wednesday following his arrest final weekend.
Wheeler was moreover charged with home violence illegal imprisonment and resisting arrest by King County Prosecutors. Wheeler is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 9. The primary-degree home violence assault cost is a Class A felony in Washington. The home violence illegal imprisonment cost is a Class C felony.
Prosecutors additionally requested a choose to require Wheeler be positioned on digital dwelling detention, and put on an ankle monitoring gadget be outfitted with GPS monitoring.
The charging determination by prosecutors ended a whirlwind day that included Wheeler being waived by the Seahawks, based on the NFL’s official transactions wire after particulars emerged of the alleged assault and his arrest.
“The Seahawks are saddened by the main points rising in opposition to Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of home violence. Our ideas and assist are with the sufferer. Chad is a free agent and now not with the group,” the Seahawks mentioned in a press release.
Wheeler joined the Seahawks in 2019 and appeared in 5 video games this season. His contract with the group was set to run out with the beginning of the brand new league yr in March.
Wheeler was arrested by police within the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington, and booked into the King County Jail early Saturday for investigation of felony home violence. He had an preliminary court docket look Monday and was launched from jail Tuesday after posting $400,000 US bond.
Officers went to a residence in Kent on Friday night time after the sufferer and relations referred to as 911 and reported the sufferer had locked herself in a toilet after being attacked, based on the case file.
Arriving officers heard a girl screaming, compelled their manner into the residence and broke down the door to the locked lavatory, paperwork mentioned. Police discovered Wheeler with the girl, who was crying together with her face coated in blood and her arm hanging limply at her aspect, court docket data say.
The officers ultimately detained Wheeler, who was unco-operative and yelled, “Sorry!” and “I do not beat ladies!” based on court docket paperwork. A Taser was additionally used in opposition to Wheeler, which the charging paperwork mentioned had little impact.
She started to lose consciousness and tried to battle again however Wheeler grabbed her arm and twisted it, the court docket file says. She then misplaced consciousness for an unknown size of time.
When she regained consciousness, the girl noticed Wheeler by the mattress and he mentioned, “Wow, you are alive?” Then she bumped into the lavatory, the place she referred to as her household and 911, based on the case file.
Wheeler picked the lock to the lavatory and entered, then started apologizing. Officers arrived on the scene and arrested Wheeler.
Charging paperwork say the girl had a fractured humerus bone and dislocated elbow in her left arm. She additionally had lesions on her neck, some within the form of fingermarks.
Docs additionally mentioned they consider the swelling and bruising to the sufferer’s face was the outcome strikes and punches, based on the charging papers. The sufferer mentioned she didn’t keep in mind Wheeler hanging her.
Prosecutors say if convicted on the fees, sentencing vary might be wherever from eight to 12 years.