Bellevue police said they had reason to believe that drugs and/or alcohol could have been a factor in a two-car crash involving Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman Wednesday night.
Authorities had reason to believe that drugs or alcohol could have played a role in a car crash involving Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said Thursday afternoon (see video below) in a news conference at Bellevue City Hall.
Coleman was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit-and-run in connection with a two-car rollover accident in the 13600 block of Southeast 36th Street around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. Mylett said Coleman’s car was traveling at “a high rate of speed.” The speed limit on the road is 35 miles per hour, Mylett said.
The driver of the other car, a male, sustained “serious but non-life-threatening injuries,” Mylett said. Coleman did not report being injured, Mylett said.
Coleman was said to have left on foot from the accident. Police found him eight minutes after the incident standing barefoot two blocks from the scene, Mylett said.
When the police car approached Coleman, Coleman approached and was cooperative in talking with police, Mylett said. Mylett would not reveal anything Coleman said to police.
Determining why Coleman left the scene would be a focus of the investigation, Mylett said. Coleman, under Washington law, had a legal responsibility to remain at the scene of the crash, Mylett said.
There was enough evidence to call in a drug recognition expert and to administer a blood test for drugs and alcohol, Mylett said. Results could take a few weeks.
Bail has yet to be set and Coleman remains at King County Jail, Mylett said.
The 24-year-old Coleman has been indefinitely suspended by the Seahawks. His place on the 53-man roster was filled Thursday when the team re-signed receiver B.J. Daniels.