Prosecutors declined to charge former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on Tuesday over his role in two California car accidents on the same day in June, after blood tests showed he had only low levels of a sleep aid in his system at the time.
Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus on June 9 after he twice crashed into the same car in San Gabriel, California, left the scene of that accident and later collided with a Honda Accord in nearby Rosemead, California.
The 68-year-old Bryson, who regained consciousness at the scene and was treated at a hospital, resigned in a letter to President Barack Obama less than two weeks later, citing a seizure he said he had suffered on that day.
Bryson had therapeutic levels of the prescription drug Ambien in his system at the time, but forensic technicians were unable to determine if the medication played a role in the car crash.
Deputy District Attorney Deborah Kass said the ex-cabinet official appeared “disoriented” at the car accident scene and in the hospital and was treated by the admitting doctor and a neurologist. Toxicology tests turned up no alcohol or controlled substances.
San Gabriel police had submitted their case against Bryson to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Monday, recommending that he be charged with felony hit and run for leaving the scene of the first crash.
A police spokesman declined to specify the evidence cited against Bryson, but said detectives had included the toxicology tests and his medical records in the file they gave to prosecutors.
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