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Derrick Coleman could face vehicular assault, hit-and-run charges

Police in Bellevue, Washington, have recommended that Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman be charged with felony counts of vehicular assault and hit-and-run stemming from an accident in October.

According to the police report released Monday, Coleman's truck was traveling 60 mph in a 35 mph zone when it struck another vehicle on Oct. 14. Coleman's foot remained on the accelerator at 100 percent for several seconds, the report says, causing the other vehicle to be pushed approximately 260 feet off the roadway and up a hill, where it flipped over. The driver of the other vehicle suffered a head injury and a fractured left clavicle.

Coleman left the scene and was found without shoes about two blocks from the collision. According to the police report, he was calm and cooperative.

Police say Coleman admitted to smoking "spice," or synthetic cannabinoids. He performed field sobriety tests that showed signs consistent with his being impaired, according to police. Blood was drawn several hours after the collision, and testing did not show the drugs he admitted consuming.

In searching Coleman's vehicle, police found a lighter, a glass spoon pipe with tarry residue, an opened bag of synthetic cannabinoid labeled "F'd up" and three unopened bags of synthetic cannabinoid labeled "Mad Pitbulls."

Police determined that Coleman's driving was "rash and heedless, indifferent to the consequences, and that he was impaired by the drug he had smoked."

The Seahawks suspended Coleman indefinitely before bringing him back the week after the accident.

Since 2012, Coleman, 25, has appeared in 31 games with the Seahawks, including 14 this season.