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Shawne Merriman arrested for alleged battery on Tila Tequila

September 6, 2009 | 12:29 pm

 Diego Chargers star linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested early today on suspicion of battery and false imprisonment after a girlfriend told sheriff's deputies he had choked and restrained her.

Fabforum Deputies responded to a call at 3:45 a.m. from Tila Nguyen, also known as Tila Tequila.

The 27-year-old model and reality TV star said Merriman had assaulted her when she tried to leave his home in Poway, a suburb north of San Diego.

Nguyen was taken to the hospital.

Tony Perry has all the details on our L.A. Now blog here.