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MURRAY — A Kaysville police officer suffered minor injuries early Tuesday while helping Utah Highway Patrol troopers who were called to a head-on crash caused by a wrong-way driver.
The drivers in the head-on collision were both hospitalized in critical conditions Tuesday, according to the UHP.
The woman, who was not immediately identified, was doing a ride-along with a UHP trooper. About 2:20 a.m., troopers responded to a crash involving a wrong-way driver on I-15 southbound near 5300 South.
A Toyota SUV heading north in the southbound lanes struck a Ford Econoline van head-on, said UHP Sgt. Nick Street. Both drivers, the lone occupants of each vehicle, were wearing their seat belts and were conscious and alert when emergency crews arrived.
Both had to be extricated from their vehicles, Street said.
Investigators suspect the driver of the SUV may have been intoxicated, according to Street. Troopers did not know Tuesday where the man got on the freeway, but don't believe he had been traveling the wrong way for very long since they did not receive any other calls prior to the crash.
At least two witnesses told troopers the SUV was traveling "at freeway speeds" just prior to hitting the van, he said.
Corbin Gray Celotto, 28, of Draper, was arrested at the hospital for investigation of DUI. He will be booked into the Salt Lake County Jail once he is released.
According to court records, Celotto was convicted of an amended charge of impaired driving in 2016. In exchange for his guilty plea, misdemeanor gun and drug charges were dismissed.
The injured officer is a Kaysville Police Officer. She is doing well, up talking and able to walk around.— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) November 20, 2018
The Kaysville officer happened to be riding along with a trooper at the time of the crash on Tuesday, and both responded to the scene. The officer was assisting the troopers by setting by road flares when she was struck by another car. She suffered a hurt knee and possible concussion, Street said.
Murray police were called to investigate that crash to avoid a conflict of interest, he said.
The incident marks the sixth wrong-way driver case police in Utah have responded to since Friday, including another crash that occurred later Tuesday.