LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Chris Thieneman, a well-known Louisville developer and former University of Louisville football player, was arrested Monday following an argument and altercation with a woman, police said.
According to police, Thieneman and a woman began arguing in a car at the intersection of Brownsboro Road and Ewing Monday afternoon. The woman, who was not named in the report, reportedly stopped the car in the middle of the street after Thieneman got out of the car, with her cell phone, and walked away.
Police said the woman walked to her nearby business to call police and Thieneman followed her there, pushing her in an attempt to get the phone away from her. The woman reportedly told police Thieneman grabbed the phone back from her and that's when, according to police, Thieneman choked the woman.
Police said she was able to get free and call 911.
The victim told police she and Thieneman used to live together, but have no children together.
The woman was complaining of pain in her neck and sustained redness to her neck and chin, police noted in their report.
Thieneman was charged with wanton endangerment and was booked into Metro Corrections.
The woman's car was stolen during the altercation, but was later recovered.
Thieneman played for UofL under Bob Weber and Howard Schnellenberger in the mid 1980's and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1988, but did not play in any regular season game and was later released.
He has also made several unsuccessful, and sometimes controversial, attempts to run for political office - including a bid for congressman, mayor of Louisville and a state senate seat. He is also one of the original founders of the Mint Jubilee Ball.