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Former USC offensive lineman Chad Wheeler charged with domestic violence

Former USC offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

Wheeler, who played the last two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks, is accused of choking his girlfriend until she lost consciousness. On Wednesday, King County prosecutors charged Wheeler with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest.

Court documents allege that Wheeler told his girlfriend to stand up and bow to him. When she refused, Wheeler, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle, allegedly attempted to choke her with one hand while smothering her with the other hand, causing her to lose consciousness.