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Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill arrested for alleged domestic violence

leroy hillISSAQUAH, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and preventing her from leaving his home, police confirmed Wednesday.

Hill, 30, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound outside linebacker for the Seahawks, was jailed on one count of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of domestic violence. Both are felonies in Washington state.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said, officers responded to a call from a 26-year-old woman in Issaquah who reported that Hill, her boyfriend, had assaulted her a number of times throughout the day. Hill also allegedly kept the woman in his home against her will and took her cell phone, a police statement said.

The victim told police she was able to escape when Hill used the bathroom.

The woman was transported to Swedish Hospital in Issaquah for treatment of unspecified injuries. She was later released.

Police arrested Hill and he was taken to the Issaquah City Jail. Hill was booked into King County Jail Wednesday afternoon and his first court appearance will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

It was Hill’s second domestic violence arrest. On April 11, 2010, Hill was arrested for suspicion of domestic abuse in Issaquah when he allegedly hit his girlfriend and left her with “obvious injuries,” police said.  He avoided trial on that charge by agreeing to complete a one-year domestic violence treatment program and to stay out of trouble for 18 months. He has also been arrested in the past for marijuana possession.

Hill was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played in 13 games this past season, recording 47 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He is scheduled to become a free agent this off-season.

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