Los Angeles (AP via USA Today) -- Police are investigating two traffic collisions allegedly caused by Commerce Secretary John Bryson that left him injured, authorities said Monday.
One of the crashes was under investigation as a felony hit and run, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department and the San Gabriel Police Department said.
Bryson was treated at a hospital for non life-threatening injuries following the crashes around 5 p.m. PDT Saturday, the agencies said in a joint statement.
He was driving alone in a Lexus on a major street in San Gabriel when he allegedly struck the rear end of a vehicle occupied by three males that had been stopped for a passing train.
The secretary spoke with the occupants and then hit their car again as he departed, the officials said. The three followed him while calling police.
"The preliminary investigation indicates the collision was caused by suspect John Bryson, who is the United States Secretary of Commerce," the statement said.
Bryson then allegedly caused a second collision minutes later, also on San Gabriel Boulevard, in the nearby city of Rosemead, striking a car occupied by a man and a woman, the police agencies said.
Bryson was found alone and unconscious in his car and treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital.
Two people in the first collision were treated by paramedics after complaining of pain, the officials said. The couple involved in the second crash also complained of pain but declined medical aid.
There was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collisions, the agencies said.
Damages to the vehicles was minor.