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State police helicopter finds five-time OUI suspect hiding in the woods

Authorities used a helicopter equipped with infrared technology to locate an alleged drunk driver who fled into the woods following a single-vehicle crash in Wareham Saturday, according to State Police.

On Dec. 31, John Layton, 45, of Boston, was arrested and charged with several offenses, including operating under the influence of alcohol — a fifth offense — operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, and driving an uninsured and unregistered car, after police said he ditched a vehicle on the side of the road.

A trooper discovered the crash at the Route 25 ramp from Route 195 eastbound, in Wareham, around 8 p.m., police said. The blue Nissan Quest had two different license plates, and was perpendicular to the road, according to the report.


Witnesses described the vehicle’s operator to police, who determined he had run into the woods following the apparent crash. Police did not say what damage was done to the vehicle.

With the help of the Airwing and K9 units, officers were able to pinpoint Layton, who was allegedly “lying in the prone position approximately 30 feet into the wood line,” police said.

The prone position is when someone is stretched out flat on their stomach, as if they are trying to crawl.

State Police posted a video to YouTube, taken from the helicopter using Forward Looking Infra-red Technology, that shows the suspect on the ground, shrouded by trees. Later in the video, the man is seen walking out of the woods alongside what appears to be two police officers.

Police said in a statement that Layton is being held pending his arraignment in Wareham District Court on Tuesday.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.