Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman remained jailed Thursday afternoon and Bellevue police have requested a search warrant for his vehicle involved Wednesday evening in Bellevue in a two-car collison that has Coleman under investigation for vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. Coleman was booked into King County Jail in Seattle early Thursday and was denied bail, four days after he played for Seattle in its overtime loss at Cincinnati.
At a press conference at Bellevue City Hall Thursday afternoon police chief Steve Mylett said Coleman’s vehicle collided with a Honda Civic at “a very high rate of speed” in the 13600 block of SE 36th Street in Bellevue, sending the Honda up an embankment. The driver of the Honda was hospitalized with “serious but not life-threatening injuries,” Chief Mylett said.
Mylett said Coleman was cooperative while was found by officers two blocks from the collision not wearing shoes, and in fact approached an officer as the officer walked up to him in the street. Mylett said evidence at the accident scene warranted Bellevue police to summon a drug recognition expert and to conduct a blood test at nearby Overlake Hospital to determine if alcohol or other drugs were a factor in the incident.
Asked why Coleman left the accident scene, Mylett said he did not know, adding “that will be a focus of the investigation.” Bellevue PD wants Coleman back in for more questioning. He remained in King County Jail in Seattle as of Thursday afternoon without bail, which Mylett said may be because Coleman has yet to appear before a judge.
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The King County prosecutor’s office must decide whether to charge Coleman. Mylett said that process could take “weeks.”
The Seahawks suspended Coleman indefinitely Wednesday pending the ongoing investigation. They got a roster exemption for him for Sunday’s home game against Carolina, and re-signed wide receiver/quarterback B.J. Daniels to fill that open spot on the active roster.
Coleman is legally deaf. Chief Mylett said his understanding is Coleman had his hearing aids in and understood police instructions to him, but that there may have been a concern on battery function in one of the hearing aids.
Coleman’s agents, Derrick Fox and Mark Bloom, issued the following statement Thursday: “On the evening of October 15, 2015, Seattle Seahawk Fullback Derrick Coleman, Jr. was involved in a two-car collision soon after leaving a team meeting. While the facts of the case are still being determined, it seems Derrick may have fallen asleep while driving home from a Seahawks’ facility.
“The health and well-being of all involved is our primary concern, and we are thankful to report that both parties are expected to make a full recovery. We will continue to work closely with the local officials while a full investigation is being conducted.”
Coleman is in his fourth season with the Seahawks. He has started two gamesd and appeared in all five as Seattle’s main blocking back and special-teams mainstay. He spent the 2012 season on the practice squad before earning a spot on the 53-man roster in 2013. Coleman missed 11 games and the playoffs last season because of a broken foot.
Coleman’s suspension means Will Tukuafu is likely to be Seattle’s fullback against Carolina.