AN NFL player accused of violently assaulting his girlfriend has asked a judge to allow him to move to Hawaii, as he pleads not guilty to charges related to the attack.
Chad Wheeler, 27, forced his fingers down his girlfriend’s throat before strangling her unconscious, a disturbing police report claims.
The harrowing details were revealed after the Seattle Seahawks player was arrested on domestic violence charges last week.
Wheeler was charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, felony domestic violence-unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.
Police who rushed to an apartment in Kent, Washington, following reports of the assault last weekend, found a woman beaten and fearful for her life.
Charging documents seen by CrimeOnline allege the 6ft 7in, 310lbs offensive lineman battered his girlfriend unconscious twice and left her for dead.
According to tweets from reporters who were in the courtroom, the former Seahawks player pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment in Kent on Monday.
Wheeler’s girlfriend, who was hospitalised at the time with injuries from the alleged attack, was reportedly present in the courtroom.
According to CrimeOnline reports, Wheeler’s defense team had requested that he be allowed to move to Hawaii, where he had a home.
Wheeler’s girlfriend had suggested he instead move to LA to be with family, explaining that she wanted him to be far away from her, but not in Hawaii.
VICTIM STRANGLED INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS
Both relocation requests were reportedly denied by the judge, though Wheeler’s team pushed back. He reportedly shared the apartment where he allegedly attacked her, with his victim.
The papers allege: “At one point, the defendant forced his fingers into the victim’s mouth and down her throat, and then crushed his hand down over her nose and mouth, all while continuing to squeeze her throat with his other hand,.”
When the victim tried to roll away, Wheeler “violently grab[bed] her right arm and rip[ped] her body back toward him”, the papers claim.
She lost consciousness and briefly regained it – at which point Wheeler “strangled her back into unconsciousness”, prosecutors alleged.
When she woke, the woman “observed the defendant come back into the [bedroom] and calmly, with surprise, remark ‘oh, you’re alive,’” according to the documents.
She said she she fled to the bathroom where she texted family members including Wheeler’s father urging them to call 911.
She could then hear Wheeler speaking to his dad on the phone and telling him he was “just chilling”, the court papers claim.
Police forced their way in after Wheeler barricaded himself in the bathroom, the papers say.
VICTIM ‘VOMITING BLOOD’
Being zapped with a taser had “little effect” on him as he “tensed his muscles and refused to allow himself to be detained”.
The woman was treated in hospital for a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder, as well as swelling and cuts on her face which investigators believe may have been sustained when she was unconscious, Crimeonline reports.
She also had lesions on her neck in the shape of fingerprints, and a scan showed she had breathed in fluid.
“Over the next day, she vomited large amounts of blood,” prosecutors wrote.
Wheeler, who was freed on $40,000 bail, apologised in a series of tweets on Wednesday and also said he was temporarily quitting the NFL.
He said: “Events happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode.
“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.”
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The Seahawks condemned the attack and said Wheeler was a free agent and “no longer with the them.
After his arrest in Kent, Washington state, a police report claimed he attacked her after she after she “refused to bow down to him”.
Court documents said he “strangled, suffocated and beat the victim into unconsciousness – twice – both times leaving her for dead as blood poured from her nose and mouth and into her stomach and lungs.”