The Facts: Coleman smoked synthetic marijuana before a hit-and-run crash in October that resulted in a serious injury to another driver. Police on Monday turned their investigation over to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, recommending that Coleman be charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault, according to prosecutor's office spokesman Dan Donohoe.
Diehards Line: Donohoe said the case is on Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim’s desk and she will need several weeks to review it. While police can make charging recommendations, under state law the prosecutor’s office determines whether to file charges. Police said he struggled with the field-sobriety test. Officers found “a lighter, a glass spoon pipe with tarry residue, an opened bag of synthetic cannabinoid and three unopened bags of synthetic cannabinoids,” police said. According to the report, Coleman told police he used “spice,” a synthetic substance sold under names such as Mojo, Black Mamba and Annihilation. Spice is said to mimic the high produced by marijuana. Coleman was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault and hit-and-run. On Oct. 16 he was released from jail without charges being filed. Coleman finished his third full season with the Seahawks and is now a restricted free agent. Seattle can match an offer from another NFL team or receive compensation if he signs elsewhere. Coleman was initially suspended by the Seahawks after the crash and sat out a regular-season game against Carolina on Oct. 18.