Newly released police reports from NFL offensive lineman Chad Wheeler’s domestic violence arrest reveal a chaotic scene in which three officers struggled to subdue the 6-foot-7, 315-pound athlete after he allegedly choked his girlfriend.
Wheeler pleaded not guilty after being charged with first-degree domestic violence assault and has since been cut by the Seattle Seahawks. According to witnesses, the former University of Southern California star allegedly went off his bi-polar medication prior to his January 22 arrest.
That day, officers went to a residence in Kent, Washington after the victim and family members called 911 and reported she had locked herself in a bathroom following the attack.
Arriving officers heard a woman screaming, forced their way into the apartment and broke down the door to the locked bathroom, documents said. Police found Wheeler with the woman, who was crying with her face covered in blood and her arm hanging limply at her side, court records say.
The officers eventually detained Wheeler, but only after a violent struggle.
‘When I grabbed ahold of Chad, I could tell that he was very solid and muscular as he was not easy to move,’ one officer wrote in a police report obtained by DailyMail.com.
Newly released police reports from NFL offensive lineman Chad Wheeler’s domestic violence arrest reveal a chaotic scene in which three officers struggled to subdue the 6-foot-7, 315-pound athlete after he allegedly choked his girlfriend
Chad Wheeler (pictured by Fox affiliate Q13) while pleading not guilty to domestic violence
‘As the three of us (with a combined weight of about 700 pounds) were on top of Chad, I could feel him lifting his body up like he was pushing up to get away,’ the police report continued.
The struggle continued in the bathroom, where the officers fared little better.
‘Again, due to his sheer size, it was difficult to detain Wheeler within the small space,’ read one report. ‘In addition to the space constraints, any attempts to place his arms behind his back were met with Wheeler tightening his body and contracting his arms.
‘Wheeler was able to easily move my body while I tried restraining him. After several commands Wheeler placed his hands behind his back, but we were unable to handcuff him at this time. Wheeler would intermittently tighten his body and attempt to pull away from officers holding his limbs behind his back.’
Ultimately police used a taser, but according to the report, it had ‘little to no effect.’
Handcuffing Wheeler wasn’t any easier.
‘Chad was so strong that even with the combined weight of three officers he was able to move around and prevent us from putting his arms behind his back,’ one officer said.
Upon getting him in handcuffs, police requested a large police van to bring him to jail for fear he wouldn’t fit into a standard police cruiser.
According to police, Wheeler yelled ‘sorry!’ and ‘I don’t beat women!’ at various times.
At the hospital, the woman told investigators Wheeler told her to stand up and bow to him and when she refused, he threw her on the bed, choked her and tried to smother her, court documents say.
She began to lose consciousness and tried to fight back but Wheeler grabbed her arm and twisted it, the court file says. She then lost consciousness for an unknown length of time.
When she regained consciousness, the woman saw Wheeler by the bed and he said, ‘Wow, you’re alive?’ Then she ran into the bathroom, where she called her family and 911, according to the case file.
Although he has pleaded not guilty, Wheeler did offer an apology in a social media statement
Charging documents say the woman had a fractured humerus bone and dislocated elbow in her left arm. She also had lesions on her neck, some in the shape of fingermarks.
Doctors also said they believe the swelling and bruising to the victim’s face was the result of strikes and punches, according to the charging papers. The victim said she did not remember Wheeler striking her.
Wheeler was charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest by King County prosecutors. He is scheduled to be arraigned on February 9. The first-degree domestic violence assault charge is a Class A felony in Washington. The domestic violence unlawful imprisonment charge is a Class C felony.
Prosecutors also asked a judge to require Wheeler be placed on electronic home detention, and wear an ankle monitoring device be equipped with GPS monitoring.
If convicted, prosecutors said, the sentencing range can be anywhere from eight to 12 years.
Wheeler has been on the periphery of the NFL for a few years, and has earned $1.9 million over parts of four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants’ practice squad
The charging decision by prosecutors ended a whirlwind day that included Wheeler being waived by the Seahawks. His contract was set to expire in March.
‘The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence. Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team,’ the Seahawks said in a statement.
Wheeler joined the Seahawks in 2019 and appeared in five games this season. His contract with the team was set to expire with the start of the new league year in March.
In his statement, Wheeler said: ‘Events happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode. I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused to [his ex-girlfriend Alleah] and her family.
‘I apologize profusely for the turmoil that I have caused to my family, teammates, fans and those closest to me. The most important thing right now is that Alleah gets the care she needs and I get help. Both are happening.
‘It is time for me to walk away from football and get the help I need to never again pose a threat to another. I cannot express my sorrow or remorse enough. I am truly ashamed.’
The Seahawks released their own statement, announcing that Wheeler had been let go
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