Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been hospitalized again, stemming from an infection he has developed in his leg.

He will undergo surgery tonight.

"The doctors have said it's a very serious infection and they will need a surgery to clear it out, he'll remain in the hospital at least through tomorrow," spokesman Paul Murphy told the Deseret News. "They'll learn from the surgery about how serious it is."

The surgery will be Shurtleff's sixth since being seriously injured in a motorcycle crash last year. The attorney general was preparing for a charity ride when he slid on a patch of gravel on a Lindon street and laid a Harley Davidson on top of his left leg — shattering bones.

The injury left Shurtleff in traction, then in a wheelchair and on crutches. Recently, he has been seen at public events limping. Office staffers were often overheard worrying about his leg, but he would tell them he'd rest later.

The attorney general returned last night from a conference in Rhode Island of the National Association of Attorneys General. He had been complaining of pain and his family took him to University Hospital, Murphy said.

"The pain just became unbearable," he said.

A hospital spokesman could not immediately release Shurtleff's condition.


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