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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. 


'Highly unlikely' charges will be pursued against Commerce Secretary Bryson if toxicology tests clean

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson attend

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U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson attends a session organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai on March 29, 2012. Bryson is currently on medical leave after crashing into two cars.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine whether Commerce Secretary John Bryson was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was involved in a series of fender benders over the weekend.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Bryson already passed a breathalyzer test, and if the blood test finds no drugs or alcohol it's "highly unlikely" investigators with his agency would pursue criminal charges against the Commerce Secretary. But the Sheriff's Department is only handling the investigation into the last of Bryson's three accidents, which happened in Rosemead. Whitmore said the San Gabriel Police Department is examining the other two — one of which was a hit and run.

"They are moving forward. It is an active investigation," Whitmore said. 


John Bryson traffic crashes: Commerce department says secretary suffered seizure

Commerce Secretary John Bryson

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In this May 31, 2011 file photo, Commerce Secretary-nominee John Bryson is seen in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two Los Angeles-area traffic crashes that led to a felony hit-and-run citation over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Bryson, 68, was treated at a hospital following the crashes around 5 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

A Commerce Department official said Bryson had "limited recall of the events," and was on personal time without any security detail at the time of the accidents. He was driving his own vehicle and was given medication to treat the seizure.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday, "We're obviously concerned about the incident, concerned about Secretary Bryson's health-related issues that played a role in this incident, and we're still gathering information about it."

Bryson was driving alone in a Lexus on a major street in San Gabriel when he struck the rear end of a vehicle that had been stopped for a passing train, authorities said. The secretary spoke briefly with the occupants and then hit their car again as he departed, the officials said.