AFTON (WNE) — A man charged with driving while under the influence was located with a drone after he crashed and fled the scene.

The crash occurred Sunday evening on US 89 near the Wolf Den Motel between Thayne and Etna. According to the responding officer, John Timothy Robinson, 41, was traveling south, misjudged the turn and pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Victoria Trefren, 19, of Thayne.

Robinson has a local address in Etna but is from Michigan. He is working temporarily in the area, according to the officer.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, witnesses stated Robinson’s driving was erratic prior to the accident before pulling out in front of Trefren.

After the cars came to rest, Robinson fled the scene on foot and attempted to hide in a nearby field. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was able to use a recently acquired state-of-the-art infrared drone to quickly locate Mr. Robinson.

Officials on the scene observed he appeared to be intoxicated and was subsequently charged with driving under the influence, as well as failing to report an accident, fleeing the scene of an accident and driving with an open container of alcohol.

Robinson was transported to a medical facility before being transferred to the Lincoln County Jail in Kemmerer.

No major injuries were reported despite the high rate of speed at the collision. The WHP commended the Lincoln County sheriff’s officers for their ability in locating the subject.

“It was dark with waist-high grass, and it would have been much more difficult to find him without their expertise,” WHP stated. “They deserve a lot of credit for quickly resolving this situation.”

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