Seattle Seahawks' Coleman arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run

Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:37pm EDT
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By Eric M. Johnson and Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - 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.

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.

Police in Bellevue, a Seattle suburb, said Coleman's fast-moving pickup truck collided with the back of a car on Wednesday evening, shoving the car up an embankment and onto a retention wall, where it came to a rest upside down.

The car's driver was transported to an area hospital and treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

After his truck came to rest on its side, police said a shoeless Coleman fled the scene on foot and was tracked down a number of blocks from the crash scene.

"He left the scene of an accident where a person was injured and he had a duty under Washington law to stop and render aid," Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett told a news conference.

"He also had the duty to provide his personal information, his driver's license number and insurance, and he failed to do that," Mylett said.

The Seahawks suspended Coleman indefinitely pending further information, the team said.   Continued...

Sep 4, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman (40) beats Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) to the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports