Driver in double-fatal wreck in June had alcohol level almost four times legal limit

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A wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol content of almost four times the legal limit when he crashed into another vehicle in June, killing him and a Watauga woman, police said Friday.

Test results determined that John Layton, 46, of Mansfield, had an alcohol level of .314 when the June 21 collision occurred on U.S. 287 in Ellis County, said Lyle Gensler, a spokesman for the Grand Prairie Police Department.

The state's legal limit for blood alcohol content is.08.

"In almost 20 years of law enforcement, I have never seen a BAC that high," Gensler said.

Layton, an elementary school music teacher, and the driver of the other vehicle, Alex Ford, 20, died at the scene.

The wreck occurred about 1 a.m. on U.S. 287 near Farm Road 661 in the Ellis County portion of Grand Prairie, police said.

Layton, 46, was driving a 2005 Kia Amanti south in the northbound lanes of the highway when it collided with Ford's northbound 1997 Honda CRV, police said.The Kia burst into flames.

A witness told investigators that the Kia entered the wrong lanes of U.S. 287 at Texas 360. The witness was on the phone with 911 when the wreck occurred more than a mile away.

Ford was a 2010 graduate of Richland High School, where she was a cheerleader and a gymnast, her stepfather told the Star-Telegram after the wreck. She was a student at Tarrant County College and had recently decided to focus her studies on psychology.

Previously, she had attended Weatherford College, her stepfather said.

She had spent the evening June 20 visiting her boyfriend in Midlothian and was headed home when the wreck occurred, he said.

Layton taught music at Johnson Elementary School in Grand Prairie but had resigned at the end of the school year, a school official said. His obituary said he once played on music tours with such artists as Mark Chesnutt and Collin Ray.

He was survived by a wife and daughter.

Alex Branch, 817-390-7689

Twitter: @albranch1

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