UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The U.S. Commerce Department said Monday that Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure when he caused two traffic accidents on Saturday evening.
Here’s the statement, via Talking Points Memo:
Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend. He suffered a seizure. He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington. The investigation is ongoing. Secretary Bryson has no public events scheduled for today.
Bryson is being investigated in a felony hit-and-run case after allegedly crashing a Lexus into two vehicles outside of Los Angeles on Saturday evening, CBS reports.
Bryson reportedly rear-ended another vehicle while it waited for a train to pass in San Gabriel, according to the written statement by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
The report notes that Bryson spoke with the three males in the other car, then left the scene (hitting their Buick again in the process).
Bryson was then “found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle” after allegedly causing another accident in the neighbouring city of Rosemead about five minutes later.
Police said that the investigation was still in its preliminary stages and there were no signs that drug or alcohol use played a role in the crashes.
Bryson has been the president’s Commerce Secretary since October 2011.
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