Charges recommended for Derrick Coleman; Seahawks RB admits to smoking synthic marijuana

Jan 25, 2016, 12:38 PM | Updated: 3:51 pm
Former Seahawk Derrick Coleman has been charged with two felonies stemming from an October car cras...
Former Seahawk Derrick Coleman has been charged with two felonies stemming from an October car crash. (AP)

Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman admitted to smoking “Spice,” also known as synthetic marijuana, prior to his crash in October, and the Bellevue Police Department is recommending felony charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run, according to recently released documents.

According to the police report, Coleman, 26, admitted to smoking Synthetic Cannabinoid at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14, which was about one hour and 20 minutes before a major crash he was involved in. He claimed that he didn’t remember the collision but stated he looked for the other car prior to leaving and couldn’t see it.

A search of Coleman’s vehicle located a lighter, a glass spoon with tarry residue, plus four bags of Synthetic Cannabinoid, three of which were unopened. Police also found edibles containing THC in the vehicle, including gummies and chocolates.

Police said a blood analysis was negative for Synthetic Cannbinoids.

“I believe Coleman’s driving was rash and heedless, indifferent to the consequences and that he was impaired by the drug he had smoked,” Bellevue Police Officer Ryan Parrott wrote on the police document.

KIRO Radio’s Josh Kerns said the Bellevue PD will not comment until a press conference Tuesday. He says the King County Prosecutors office is reviewing the report and will make a recommendation at an undetermined time.

Earlier this month, the Bellevue Police Department said they were waiting on a second toxicology report before making a recommendation on charges.

The Seahawks suspended Coleman the day after his arrest and reinstated him a week later. Coach Pete Carroll said at the time that Coleman’s explanation of the incident and additional information the team gathered were factors in the decision to lift his suspension.

The Seahawks were eliminated from the postseason eight days ago. Coleman is a restricted free agent.

Check back for updates on this story.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...
The Associated Press

Seahawks’ backfield depth getting tested entering stretch run

Pete Carroll had only vague updates about the status of the Seahawks' backfield, which was left thin in the second half of last week’s win over the Los Angeles Rams.
1 day ago
Seahawks Rams...
Brent Stecker

K.J. Wright: How Seahawks fixed early run D issue vs Rams

Former Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright breaks down the change Seattle made after a shaky first defensive series in their win over the Rams.
1 day ago
Seahawks draft Will Anderson...
Joe Fann

Fann: Seahawks Draft — bowl guide for their potential 1st-round picks

Joe Fann breaks down the list of top players at three positions that could be Seahawks first-round picks, and which bowl games you can see them in.
2 days ago
Seahawks Pete Carroll...
Brent Stecker

ESPN’s Riddick thinks Seahawks’ Carroll knew all along they were good

ESPN analyst and former NFL safety Louis Riddick was around the Seahawks in the preseason, and he saw a "twinkle in the eye" of Pete Carroll at the time.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Game-Changing Plays: Breaking down Geno’s winning drive

The Seahawks beat the Rams 27-23 on Sunday, and it wouldn't have happened without Geno Smith leading a late TD drive. Michael Bumpus breaks down the biggest plays from that drive.
2 days ago
Seahawks Tariq Woolen...
Brandon Gustafson

Seahawks’ Carroll: Tariq Woolen has ‘legitimate chance’ to be dominant

Seahawks rookie CB Tariq Woolen came away with his sixth interception on Sunday. Pete Carroll discussed Woolen's play and sky-high potential.
2 days ago
Charges recommended for Derrick Coleman; Seahawks RB admits to smoking synthic marijuana