Sources close to the investigation of two hit-and-run accidents caused by Commerce Secretary John Bryson tell Capitol Hill Blue the Obama appointee was “definitely under the influence of something” when he struck two cars in two separate incidents and fled the scene in Los Angeles County over the weekend.
Bryson, found passed out in his car following the second incident, is hospitalized with “non life-threatening” issues and is “under investigation” for felony hit and run by the county sheriff’s department and the San Gabriel police department.
The first accident occurred about 5 p.m. California time on Saturday when Bryson, ,68, drove his Lexus into the back of a car stopped at a railroad crossing in San Garbiel. After a heated exchange between the three men in the car he struck, Bryson rammed their car again and drove off. The men followed and called police.
A short time later, Bryson’s car slammed into a second vehicle in nearby Rosemead.
While a joint statement by the sheriff’s and police departments would not say if alcohol or drugs were involved, sources within both departments say the Commerce Secretary appeared to be “under the influence of something.”
President Barack Obama appointed Bryson last year. Neither the Commerce Department nor the White House would respond to repeated requests for comment.