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Trey Williams
Trey Williams

SALT LAKE COUNTY -- A driver who crashed his car into an SUV, injuring himself and two other people, has been arrested for DUI.

Around 7 p.m. Thursday, police received a tip that a white car was driving recklessly down Big Cottonwood Canyon.

"We had one witness who stated he blew by her like she was standing still," said Lt. Manfred Lassig of the Unified Police Department.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a crash.

Lt. Justin Hoyal said a white Toyota apparently crossed the center line and hit a Ford Expedition head-on, pushing it into two parked cars. A husband and wife in the SUV were injured and taken to Intermountain Medical Center. The husband remains in critical condition; his wife was in fair condition.

The driver of the Toyota, Trey R. Williams, 50, was taken to St. Mark's Hospital in serious condition. After he was released from the hospital he was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on two counts of DUI with substantial bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.

Hoyal said Big Cottonwood Canyon was closed for four hours in either direction while the crash was reconstructed and cleaned up.

Written with contributions from Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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