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Ex-U.S. Commerce Secretary

The Crazy Hit-and-Run 911

He 'Just Hit Us and Fled'

7/9/2012 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed moments after former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson allegedly committed a hit-and-run last month ... then suffered a seizure, and crashed his car AGAIN.

It all unfolds during the phone call -- placed by a passenger in the first car Bryson allegedly hit.

The passenger tells the operator, "We have a drunk driver that just hit us and fled. He hit us twice, we're pursuing him now." During the pursuit, the driver says Bryson hit a second car.

After the second accident, 68-year-old Bryson was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released the following day.

Bryson was cited for hit-and-run in connection with the first accident -- but as we reported, the D.A. rejected the case and no charges were filed.

Despite the passenger calling Bryson a "drunk driver," cops say drugs or alcohol do NOT appear to have been a factor in the accidents. Only minor injuries were reported.

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16.

HRH Prince Michael    

This latest debacle, is merely a microcosm of one of the most -not unlike it's predecessor- deceptive,
divisive, and destructive "administrations" in U.S. History. Indeed: "Seizures" are on the house!


20Twelve:
Daniel Twelve;1 is HERE,
Proverbs Twelve;7 is NOW,
Zechariah Twelve;8 is NOW,
St. Mark Twelve;36 is NOW,
Psalm2;012 is NOW:
The Victory approaches!
ALL, for The Greater Glory of The True and Living YAHWEH!

732 days ago
17.

yourmomscalling    

They are hiding the truth !!!

732 days ago
18.

Bagheera    

What kind of seizure makes a man swerve around like a drunk but remain on the correct side of the road? Last I heard, you lose muscular function during a seizure.

732 days ago
19.

Raj Singh    

My coworker got caught with drunk driving right in front of his house. He had to spend a night in jail, pay hefty fine, got his license suspended, and had to put Breathalyzer in his car to start; and he didn't hit anything. I wonder what this gentleman will get for the havoc!

732 days ago
20.

Raj Singh    

My coworker got caught with drunk driving right in front of his house. He had to spend a night in jail, pay hefty fine, got his license suspended, and had to put Breathalyzer in his car to start; and he didn't hit anything. I wonder what this gentleman will get for the havoc!

732 days ago
21.

Chuck123abc    

Let us call a spade a spade. The man was zombied on Ambien and the test showed he had it in his system.

732 days ago
22.

ThirdFromTheLeft    

It's bad enough that these guys are above the law - even sh*ttier is that they're not even trying to hide it any more.
I thought Americans declared independence lo' so many years ago to escape from feudalism...

732 days ago
23.

Norman     

So from the article if a person is involved in a hit and run and is later stopped by the police the evidence of no drugs or alchol in the persons system will allow him to go free. Not a bad deal. Now I am sure the fact that the man is a presidential appointee has nothing to do with his release. Way to go America.

732 days ago
24.

Bill COLEMAN    

So much for tithing. Evander gave more then 10% of all his winnings to Creflo Dollars' church... Totaling Millions of dollars!! Where's all the "blessings"? Why isn't the church stepping up to aid in his financial woes? Oh yea...must be Gods will. What a joke.

732 days ago
25.

Bill COLEMAN    

So much for tithing. Evander gave more then 10% of all his winnings to Creflo Dollars' church... Totaling Millions of dollars!! Where's all the "blessings"? Why isn't the church stepping up to aid in his financial woes? Oh yea...must be Gods will. What a joke.

732 days ago
26.

amy    

Some of you people are so ignorant. Where have you read that he is still driving? He had a seizure, and in most states, you can't drive for at least 6 months following a seizure.

And yes, seizures can happen out of the blue without typical seizing and shaking (seizures of the temporal lobe). They can cause confusion, word slurring, etc. How do I know? Because my mother had one and it sounds very similar to the one that Bryson had. In fact, she was about his age when she had one, and it was her first one. She also got into a minor car accident following the seizure. I'm sure glad she's not in the public spotlight, otherwise we'd have to deal with a bunch of ignoramuses weighing in with their conspiracy theories.

732 days ago
27.

PPC    

The s***bag was drunk and they let him off. Double standard every time.

732 days ago
28.

nett    

Did any of you actually read this article? And did TMZ do ANY research on seizures before they posted? This man, most likely, was having a seizure the entire time. Seizures are not always Grand Mal (Tonic Clonic) sometimes the person has a seizure but is NOT completely offline (Simple Partial Seizure - look it up) which may have, then, turned into something larger or he could have just fallen asleep. Seizures can last for HOURS and aren't always noticeable. There were NO drugs in his system an as far as anyone knows, this was the FIRST time he has had a seizure and hopefully, the last. Before you get all high and mighty: ANYONE can have a seizure, at any time, there is not always a warning and there is not always, an underlying reason. 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and never have another. 1 in 26 will be diagnosed with Epilepsy. I hope he is getting help, and I hope he pays for all damages but HE is not to blame for this, if he was having a seizure. It appears that ALL facts point to seizure as being the SOLE cause.

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