[Updated at 9:36 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, who was involved in traffic accidents this weekend, had a seizure, according to the Director of Public Affairs for the Commerce Department.
"Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend. He suffered a seizure," according to spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman. " He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation. He was released and has returned to Washington. The investigation is ongoing. Secretary Bryson has no public events scheduled for today."
The Secretary was on personal time with no security detail, according to a Commerce official. Bryson was driving his own vehicle, the official said.
The White House was notified about the incident on Sunday night, according to an Obama administration official.
[Posted at 9:00 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after allegedly causing two car accidents within minutes of one another in southern California, a police spokesman told CNN early Monday.
Bryson was issued a citation at an area hospital after sustaining minor injuries in the accidents, said Lt. Ariel Duran of the San Gabriel Police Department. Authorities must still decide whether to formally file any charges.
"The investigation is in its preliminary stages. At this point in time, there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collisions," police said in a statement Sunday.
A preliminary alcohol screening of Bryson was negative, Duran said. Results from a blood alcohol test were pending, he said.
Commerce Department spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said Bryson was involved in an accident, but was uninjured. He has been released from the hospital, Friedman said in a statement.
The accidents occurred Saturday evening, officials said.
Bryson, who was driving a Lexus, rear-ended a Buick occupied by three men that was stopped at a railroad crossing in San Gabriel, the police statement said Sunday.
"Bryson spoke with the males, then left the scene, hitting the same car again as he left," the statement said.FULL STORY