In San Diego California, you can be prosecuted for DUI even if there is no booze in your system. That's right, prescription and/or non-prescription drugs - if causing impaired driving - can land you shopping for the best DUI / drunk driving attorney.
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who drove after having Ambien in his system, will NOT be prosecuted by DUI prosecuting lawyers in Los Angeles as a result of 2 alleged hit-and-run crashes in the San Gabriel Valley, attorneys are told.
While prosecuting DUI attorney team members previously stated publicly no alcohol or illegal substances were found in Bryson’s system, Bryson did test positive for Ambien, the sleeping drug, announced now by the DA to be at the “low end of therapeutic levels”
Ironically, a "criminalist" - who normally testifies for California DUI DA Prosecuting Attorneys - would not say if it was a factor in the collisions.
“The district attorney’s office has declined to file a case against former Secretary of Commerce John Bryson,” the LA DA prosecuting attorneys' office announced in a statement. The arguably biased decision appears to end the case that captured national attention.
Bryson quit his job last month after the Commerce Department said the accidents were caused by seizures. California DUI Police have said they don’t believe Bryson was under the influence of alcohol, but were awaiting DUI blood test results before determining whether to file Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) [DUI] charges.
Doctors are continuing to evaluate the 68-year-old Bryson in connection with the June 9 incidents. Bryson’s neurologist initially diagnosed his condition as a “complex partial seizure,” U.S. Commerce Department officials claim. Bryson had a “limited recall of the events” surrounding the seizure, which was said to be Bryson’s first.
Bryson's Lexus went down South San Gabriel Boulevard shortly after 5 p.m. on June 9 when he allegedly rear-ended a Buick as it was waiting for a train to pass, lawyers are told.
He spoke to the 3 men inside the Buick. Then he allegedly left the location in the Lexus and then struck the Buick a second time, attorneys learned. The men followed Bryson’s car and called 911.
He allegedly continued to drive into Rosemead, which is patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He allegedly crashed into a second vehicle with two people inside in that area.
DUI officers found him alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus. An investigation into the incident is still somehow ongoing.
Bryson, who has a home in the Los Angeles-area community of San Marino, was in Southern California on June 7 to give the commencement address at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. Students and parents at the school said Bryson, a polished public speaker, allegedly made mistakes and had lapses during his remarks. People told the Los Angeles Times that Bryson allegedly repeated himself and rambled at times. One parent claims he allegedly mangled words and did not appear to know he was doing that.