No charges for U.S Commerce Secretary John Bryson in hit-and-run case
U.S Commerce Secretary John Bryson will not be facing criminal charges from Los Angeles County prosecutors in his two alleged hit-and-run case in the San Gabriel Valley.
As previously reported, Secretary Bryson was found unconscious in his Lexus after allegedly smashing his vehicle into two cars — miles apart from each other.
According to a statement released by the District Attorney, they have “declined to file a case against former Secretary of Commerce John Bryson” for his hit-and-run case This decision appears to have ended the case which clearly caught national attention.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore previously said that no alcohol or illegal substances were found in Bryson’s system. However, the U.S Commerce Secretary did test positive for Ambien, a sleeping drug. But the tests showed “low end of therapeutic levels” and a criminalist cannot say if that was a contributing factor in the hit-and-run case.
Doctors are continuing with their evaluation of John Bryson in connection to the June 9 car crash. Bryson’s neurologist initially diagnosed his condition as a “complex partial seizure.” It was also reported previously that he had a “limited recall of the events” following the seizure, which was said to be his first time.
John Bryson stepped down from his post last month after the Commerce Department said that his hit-and-run case were caused by seizures. Police officers who found him do not believe that he was under the influence of alcohol.
According to the authorities, he was behind the wheel of his Lexus, travelling in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard shortly after five in the afternoon on June 9, when suddenly he allegedly rear-ended a Buick as it was waiting for a train to pass. Right after he stopped to talk to the three men inside the Buick, John Bryson left the location and then struck the Buick for a second time. The three men decided to follow Bryson before calling 911 to ask for assistance.
The authorities added that John Bryson continued to drive his Lexus into Rosemead, which is patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. And there, he allegedly bumped into a second car with two people inside near the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Hellman Avenue. Police officers subsequently found Bryson alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus
John Bryson was in Southern California on June 7 to give the commencement address at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, the alma mater of his four daughters.