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Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, 24, arrested and one person injured in hit-and-run car crash in Bellevue, Washington

Modified Date: 
Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:26pm
Accident Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Seahawks player arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, hit-and-run

Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit-and-run, both felonies, police said on Thursday, and the NFL team has suspended him indefinitely. Mylett said Coleman was cooperative with police, did not report any injuries and was arrested on felony charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run. He played on the Seattle team that won the Super Bowl in 2014. Coleman, 24, was being held without bail pending a court hearing in Seattle's King County Correctional Facility as of Thursday afternoon, according to jail records. The results of a blood test to determine whether he had taken drugs or alcohol were pending.

Seahawks' Coleman arrested in hit-and-run investigation

Coleman reported no injuries, while the driver of the other vehicle was taken to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, Mylett said. With Coleman suspended, the Seahawks signed wide receiver B.J. Daniels to take his spot on the active roster. Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said finding out why Coleman left will be a focus of their investigation. Coleman's agents said in a statement "it seems Derrick may have fallen asleep while driving home from a Seahawks' facility." Officers found Coleman two blocks from the crash within 10 minutes based on the descriptions from witnesses.

Seahawks' Derrick Coleman smoked 'Spice' before crash: cops

According to the police report, Coleman told police he had smoked "Spice" — lumped in as synthetic marijuana — about an hour before the crash. Synthetic marijuana is not actually marijuana, but typically consists of designer drugs — sometimes similar to amphetamines — sprayed onto plant matter, then smoked. Police discovered Coleman a short distance from the crash and described him as clam and cooperative. BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Police recommended felony charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run against Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman on Monday for an October car crash after which he acknowledged smoking synthetic marijuana. Police said 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.

Seahawks Fullback Derrick Coleman Arrested After Alleged Hit And Run

Police say Coleman exited his vehicle and left the scene, but was later arrested without incident. Coleman’s agent has released a statement, explaining that his client fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from the Seahawks’ facility. 

Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman arrested for investigation of hit, run

Bellevue police chief Steven Mylett said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that “there was enough evidence there to lead us to suspect that perhaps drugs or alcohol could have been involved” and Coleman was later subjected to a blood test. Coleman, 24, is being held at the King County Jail on investigation of vehicular assault and hit and run. He was being held without bond, as is common until he appears before a judge for a bail hearing. His initial hearing is Friday at 2:30 p.m. in King County Court. The Seahawks have suspended Coleman indefinitely pending further information, a team spokesperson said in a statement.

Former Seahawks FB Derrick Coleman charged with vehicular assault, felony hit-and-run for 2015 crash

Coleman is scheduled to be arraigned on June 16 at the King County Courthouse.

Prosecutors say if convicted of both charges, Coleman could face 12 to 14 months in jail.

Ex-Seahawk Derrick Coleman pleads guilty in Bellevue wreck

Former Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who was arrested after a hit-and-run crash that involved synthetic marijuana last year, pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in King County Superior Court on Thursday.

He will be sentenced Oct. 14.

Type: Car Accident
Hit and Run
People Involved: 
Derrick Coleman

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