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Former TLC reality star arrested in wrong-way crash that injured UHP trooper

A trooper was injured in a wrong-way crash with a former TLC reality star on Monday, according to charging documents.

A trooper was injured in a wrong-way crash with a former TLC reality star on Monday, according to charging documents. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)



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PROVO — Former TLC reality show star Lee Liston was arrested after leading police in a wrong-way car chase that left one trooper injured earlier this week, according to Utah County jail documents.

About 10:15 p.m. on Monday, Provo police were dispatched to assist Utah Highway Patrol troopers, who were attempting to stop a Ford Focus that was southbound in the northbound lanes of I-15 approaching Provo, according to the probable cause statement.

Northbound traffic was halted as the chase ensued. The Ford Focus crashed near the ramp toward University Avenue and attempted to leave the scene, the statement says. UHP troopers performed a PIT maneuver, keeping the vehicle in place. A trooper sustained injuries to his neck and back during the incident.

The driver was identified as Liston, who admitted he had been drinking vodka, according to charging documents. Troopers observed in charging documents that Liston had slurred speech and poor balance. He registered a blood alcohol level of 0.144, which is nearly three times Utah's legal limit of .05, police said.

Three vehicles were also damaged in the incident, according to police.

Liston, 28, was booked into Utah County Jail on two charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs with personal injury and failure to respond to the command of an officer, according to charging documents.

Liston starred in TLC's reality show "My Little Life" and has appeared as an actor in other films.

The wrong-way crash was among several reported wrong-way incidents in Utah in recent weeks. The Utah Highway Patrol reported in April that wrong-way crashes were already up in 2021. Some recent incidents include:

  • A wrong-way crash involving a van in West Valley City injured five people on Wednesday.
  • A wrong-way crash in Layton injured several people with the driver being investigated for intoxication on Monday.
  • On Aug. 7. Angelica "Jelly" Jimenez, 26, was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver while driving home from her wedding reception.

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Ashley Fredde covers human services, minority communities and women's issues for KSL.com. She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She's a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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