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Seahawks’ Leroy Hill arrested for alleged assault

By Brady Henderson

Leroy Hill is in trouble with the law again.

The Seahawks linebacker was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and keeping her inside his home against her will. Issaquah Police arrested Hill, 30, on investigation of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.

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Hill’s 26-year-old girlfriend told police she had been “punched and restrained from leaving the residence several times throughout a three-hour period” on Tuesday, Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum told KIRO Radio reporter Tim Haeck on Wednesday.

The woman was finally able to escape the house while Hill was in the bathroom, police said.

“When we contacted her there was some definite scratches and bruises that were immediately obvious to the responding officers,” Behrbaum said.

According to the police department’s press release, the woman was treated at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah and released.

Hill was cooperative when speaking to officers, Behrbaum said. He was taken to the Issaquah City Jail Tuesday. According to King County Jail records, he was booked into the Seattle correctional facility Wednesday.

Hill’s latest arrest is his fourth in four years and his second for alleged domestic violence.

He was arrested in April of 2010 on a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault/domestic violence stemming from an incident with his live-in girlfriend at his Issaquah home. He was not convicted but was fined two game checks by the NFL.

Hill was charged with marijuana possession after police in suburban Atlanta found him asleep at the wheel in January of 2009. That arrest led to 12 months of probation and a one-game suspension by the NFL.

Last February, Hill was arrested for marijuana possession in Atlanta, but charges were later dismissed when he passed a drug test.

Hill, a third-round pick in 2005, has been with the Seahawks longer than any player but cornerback Marcus Trufant. Last season, Hill recorded 47 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He made 12 starts, splitting time later in the season at weakside linebacker with Malcolm Smith.

Hill is scheduled to be a free agent after playing last season on a one-year deal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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