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Former Commerce Secretary John Bryson's case referred to Los Angeles District Attorney

Commerce Secretary John Bryson

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Commerce Secretary John Bryson seen in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.

The Los Angeles District Attorneys office confirmed they're looking at the case of former Commerce Secretary John Bryson to see if criminal charges should be filed. Bryson was involved in a string of car accidents on June 9 and the case was sent to the DA Monday afternoon.

According to San Gabriel police, Bryson was driving down South San Gabriel Blvd. around 5pm when he allegedly rear-ended a Buick that'd stopped for a train at a railroad crossing. Bryson got out to talk to the driver, but while pulling away, allegedly hit the car again. The three men in the Buick called 911 and followed Bryson, who then drove a few blocks into Rosemead and allegedly crashed into another car.

When police arrived at the second crash site, they found Bryson unconscious behind the wheel. Bryson was hospitalized and issued a citation for felony hit and run. Police sometimes issue citations instead of making arrests when the suspect needs medical attention. 

Bryson stepped down from his post as Commerce Secretary two weeks later, citing medical issues.

As part of the investigation into the crashes, San Gabriel Police Sergeant Brian Kott said the department subpoenaed Bryson's medical records and conducted a toxicology test. That information was included in the packet sent to the DA, but police are not publicly disclosing what the investigation yielded.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which has jurisdiction over the second crash is waiting for the DA's decision before closing their case. Contrary to news reports elsewhere, Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Whitmore said the sheriff's department has not asked for charges to be filed in the case.

This story has been updated.  

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