He was a FIVE-TIME drunk driving offender. NO WONDER he tried to belly crawl out of there. OUCH!
The eye in the sky does not lie.
Authorities called out a police helicopter armed with forward-looking infrared technology to track down an alleged drunk driver who fled an accident into the woods. It was a single-vehicle crash and the man had already been busted for operating under the influence five times. The event happened in Wareham, Massachusetts.
The driver’s name is John Layton, a 45-year-old fro Boston. He was eventually arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, and driving an uninsured and unregistered car. He abandoned the vehicle after the crash, and with his belly crawl technique, almost had a chance!
A trooper discovered the damaged vehicle around 8pm on December 31st. It was a van, a blue Nissan Quest, and it had two different license plates and was perpendicular to the road. Unfortunately, for Layton, witness saw him run into the woods and told police that he was likely in the area.
Enter Airwing and K9. You can see what happened in the video below. Police reported that Layton was “lying in the prone position approximately 30 feet into the wood line…”
The Forward-Looking Infra-red Technology employed by the helicopter is amazing. Watch for the man laying on the ground, shrouded by trees and vegetation. Eventually, police would find him and march him back to the road.
So close to escape but not close enough!
JOHN LAYTON was transported to State Police barracks in Bourne where he was booked and charged with the following offenses:
OPERATE MV WITH LICENSE REVOKED AS HTO
OUI LIQUOR, 5TH OFFENSE
OUI WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR OUI
UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE
UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE
LARCENY UNDER $250
RECEIVE STOLEN PROPERTY -$250
LEAVE SCENE OF PROPERTY DAMAGE
NEGLIGENT OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE
LAYTON was subsequently transported by the Plymouth County Sheriffs to the Plymouth House of Correction where he will be held pending his arraignment in Wareham District Court on Tuesday.
SOURCE: [BOSTON GLOBE]