Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been arrested on suspicion of hit and run and vehicular assault. The NFL player allegedly walked away from a crash that he caused on the evening of October 14 which resulted in a collar bone injury to another driver.
According to the Seattle Times, Coleman is being held without bail at King County Jail following the arrest in Bellevue. A breathalyzer test was administered by police officers at the scene, but it is unclear at the time of the Seattle Times report whether or not Coleman was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested without incident.
Coleman has also been indefinitely suspended by the Seattle Seahawks, where he has emerged as a valuable special teams player. The team front office says it will re-evaluate its decision once more facts come to light.
Other Potential Factors
Coleman, a UCLA alum, has also been "essentially deaf" since the time he was three years old. He wears hearing aids, has published an inspirational book, and has been a featured as a hearing-impaired role model in national advertising campaigns.
While only speculation can be offered—and the results of his breathalyzer test are still unknown—Coleman's defense counsel is likely to investigate whether or not Coleman's impairment played a role in the incident.
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