Derrick Coleman was released from King County jail as of 4 p.m. Friday, according to an email notice from the jail to The News Tribune. The Seahawks fullback remains under investigation for two felony charges from a Wednesday two-car crash in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue.
Coleman remains suspended indefinitely by the Seahawks partly because they have yet to talk to him and they “don’t know anything,” coach Pete Carroll said.
“First off we haven’t talked to him and seen him at all, and can’t wait for him to get out. Hopefully we can talk to him (Saturday),” Carroll said following Friday’s practice before the Seahawks (2-3) host Carolina (4-0) on Sunday.
“It was a serious accident, and there are some serious issues there,” Carroll said. “We’re concerned for everybody’s health, and we’ll make sure that’s the first thing that we’ll take a look at. Other than that, it’s not really about the game right now. We need to see if Derrick’s OK, see what we can do to support him.”
The King County prosecutor’s office issued a statement Friday morning announcing Coleman was about to be released from jail and that it expects the Bellevue Police Department’s investigation into the crash to last at least a month while full toxicology reports come back.
Officers responding to the crash Wednesday evening of Coleman’s Dodge Ram pickup truck found a Honda Civic upside down on a retaining wall. The Honda driver was hospitalized with “serious but not life-threatening injuries,” Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said Thursday.
Mylett said “there was enough evidence there to lead us to suspect that perhaps drugs or alcohol could have been involved” with Coleman’s role in the crash. His truck allegedly struck the Honda from behind “at a high rate of speed” on a 35-mile-per-hour street,” Mylett said.
“A decision regarding charges will be made when the investigation is complete,” the King County prosecutor’s office wrote in its statement Friday.
That office will decide whether to charge Coleman.
So he remains suspended indefinitely by the Seahawks -- at the very least until Carroll and team executives have a chance to speak to him.
“We’re just waiting it out. We don’t know anything. We haven’t been able to find out a word of what’s going on,” Carroll said. “We just know that he’s getting out and there’s no charges (currently) and all that kind of stuff. We’ll just take it one step at a time, when we have an opportunity to.”
Only when asked did Carroll mention Will Tukuafu will move into Coleman’s starting-fullback role against the Panthers, and that the team will miss Coleman on its kicking-game units.
“He’s been a significant part of our team and so we do have to shuffle to get something done,” Carroll said.