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Police Suggests Felony Charges For Seahawks Derrick Coleman
- Updated: January 26, 2016
Bellevue, WA – Bellevue Police Department have recommended felony charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run against Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman following an October car crash after which he acknowledged smoking synthetic marijuana.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Monday having received the charging recommendations from the Bellevue Police Department.
According to the police report released Monday, Coleman’s truck was traveling 60 mph in a 35 mph zone when it struck another vehicle on Oct. 14. Coleman’s foot remained on the accelerator at 100 percent for several seconds, the report says, causing the other vehicle to be pushed approximately 260 feet off the roadway and up a hill, where it flipped over. The driver of the other vehicle suffered a head injury and a fractured left clavicle.
Coleman left the scene and was found without shoes about two blocks from the collision. He was calm and cooperative.
Police say Coleman admitted to smoking “spice,” or synthetic cannabis. Coleman showed signs of being impaired during field sobriety tests, but blood tests taken several hours after the crash did not show the drug Coleman acknowledged taking.
In searching Coleman’s vehicle, police found a lighter, a glass spoon pipe with tarry residue, an opened bag of synthetic cannabis labeled “F’d up” and three unopened bags of synthetic cannabis labeled “Mad Pitbulls.”
The Seahawks suspended Coleman indefinitely before bringing him back the week after the accident.
Since 2012, Coleman, 25, has appeared in 31 games with the Seahawks, including 14 this season.