Jake Tapper reports that U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is suspected of felony hit and run after he hit two cars a total of three times in southern California on Saturday night before being found unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus:
Bryson was allegedly driving his Lexus traveling southbound on San Gabriel Boulevard at 5:05 Pacific Time when he rear-ended a Buick that had stopped and was waiting for a train to pass, authorities said.
Bryson got out of his car, spoke to the three males in the Buick, "then left the scene, hitting the same car as he left the scene," read a joint statement from the San Gabriel Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The three males followed him in their car while calling San Gabriel Police officers via 911 and asking for assistance."
In yet another bizarre twist to the story, about five minutes later Bryson allegedly then hit a Honda Accord containing a man and woman in the city of Rosemead and "was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle."
None of that sounds good, of course, but this makes it sound like it wasn't an incident involving alcohol or drugs:
"Information was given that he suffers from a preexisting medical condition," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Pope told ABC News Radio.
No information about his medical condition was immediately forthcoming from the White House or Commerce Department.
First off, let's be thankful that no one was significantly hurt. But now I'm wondering what type of pre-existing medical condition could lead to this incident. If it's pre-existing, it sounds like it's not that he had some stroke that led him to do these things. My diabetic sister-in-law once had a pretty scary car accident but that doesn't seem like what this was. So what would it be? Any ideas?