L.A. Prosecutors to Review Evidence in Bryson Incident

Los Angeles County prosecutors are reviewing police evidence in former Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s traffic accidents last month to determine whether to file charges.

“We are not discussing the evidence, we are reviewing it,” Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a telephone interview. “Once we make a determination we will let everybody know.”

Bryson resigned as Commerce Secretary on June 21, two weeks after he was involved in two car accidents near Los Angeles that left him unconscious at the wheel of his Lexus. Bryson was treated for a seizure.

Police in San Gabriel, California, where one of the accidents occurred, presented the case to the District Attorney’s office yesterday, Gibbons said.

Police were awaiting blood tests to confirm Bryson wasn’t under the influence of any substances, San Gabriel Police Lieutenant Daniel Russo said on June 21. Bryson passed field tests for alcohol use at the scene and police at the time didn’t suspect drugs were involved.

Bryson, 68, “appeared disoriented” on June 9 after his car rear-ended a Buick that had stopped to wait for a train to clear a four-lane road east of downtown Los Angeles in San Gabriel, police officials said then, citing the occupants of the Buick. Bryson struck the vehicle a second time as he left the scene, prompting the Buick’s driver to follow and call the 911 emergency line.

After driving south for about 1.9 miles (3 kilometers), Bryson struck a Honda Accord in Rosemead, about 5:10 p.m., causing minor injuries to the passengers. He was found alone and unconscious at the scene by police. There was no indication alcohol or drugs were involved, police said.

Bryson is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International, the utility company based in Rosemead.

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