The King County prosecutor’s office released a statement Friday morning regarding the two felony charges Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman is facing from a two-car collision in Bellevue on Wednesday evening.
Coleman was to be released from King County jail in Seattle later Friday. For now he remains suspended indefinitely from the Seahawks, who took that action Thursday morning soon after news broke of Coleman’s arrest on charges of felony vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene of his crash that sent another car up an embankment and onto a retaining wall upside down.
Beyond Coleman’s innocence or guilt or even whether he gets charged, the prosecutor’s office’s estimate of at least a month waiting on a full toxicology report complicates his status with the Seahawks. After the quick precedent the team set by suspending him Thursday morning without a charge “pending further information, the Seahawks said at the time, the team may feel the need to keep him suspended while the investigation plays out. Or the Seahawks could learn enough before that to justify to themselves reinstating him off their suspended-exempt list at any time.
Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said Thursday Coleman did not report being injured in Wednesday’s crash just east of Factoria Mall that left the other driver hospitalized with “serious, non-life-threatening injuries,” according to Mylett.
For now, Will Tukuafu remains the likely starting fullback for Sunday’s home game against Carolina.
Coach Pete Carroll is scheduled to speak to the media as usual following Friday afternoon’s practice.