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After resignation, police probe of John Bryson crashes continues

June 21, 2012 |  9:11 am

President Barack Obama stands with John Bryson in 2011.

Law enforcement officials continue to await toxicology test results on U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who announced his resignation Thursday after an incident in early June in which he hit two cars.

Officials have not decided whether to seek hit-and-run charges against Bryson, who said the accident was the result of a seizure. Bryson voluntarily took a Breathalyzer test at the scene and officials said there was no sign of alcohol use.

Officers also took a blood test and are awaiting the results.

Bryson had no security detail with him during the crashes because he was driving his own vehicle on personal time, sources said.

Bryson, 68, was cited with felony hit-and-run following the incidents but was not booked in jail because he was taken to an area hospital. Authorities said he was cooperative with detectives, and drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor.

Bryson was driving a Lexus in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard when he allegedly rear-ended a Buick as it was waiting for a train to pass, according to the statement.

After briefly stopping to talk to the three men inside the Buick, Bryson left the location in the Lexus and then struck the Buick a second time, authorities said. The men followed Bryson's car and called 911 to ask for police assistance, according to the police statement.

Bryson continued to drive his Lexus into Rosemead, which is patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, authorities said. There, he allegedly crashed into a second vehicle near the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Hellman Avenue, they said.

Officers found him alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his car, they said.

In announcing his resignation on Thursday, Bryson said: “I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department."


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Photo: President Obama with Commerce Secretary John Bryson in 2011. Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images