Man charged in alleged texting, DUI crash


ROOSEVELT, Utah (AP) — A 27-year-old man has been charged with texting while driving and driving under the influence in a crash that critically injured a Roosevelt teenager.

Jake Arrats is charged with five other misdemeanor counts in 8th District Court in connection with the Monday accident that nearly severed one of 18-year-old Keri Houston's legs.

She was getting out of her parked car outside her home when police said the 27-year-old Arrats drove into her and pinned her against her car.

She was listed in critical condition Friday at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

Arrats is accused of driving several hundred more feet until he crashed through a fence and into a yard.

Police say there were multiple texts sent within a minute of the crash.

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