I see a ton of assumptions here. DUI is not just about alcohol consumption. I
have followed people in cars coming out of a grocery store parking lot who I
believe were impaired in the middle of the day but having recently been no where
near any alcohol. Under the influence includes the impairment from drugs
including legal drugs and even, in some cases sleep deprivation. I think
stopping and arresting based on observation is a good thing.Lest
someone think I am just saying that because that would never be me, I must say I
am diabetic and at times can blow high blood alcohol because of the ketones
associated with high blood sugar. The test would falsely accuse me in those
cases and I have way more confidence in the observation of my driving control in
avoiding an arrest.I hope they put me on the jury; or some one like
me who can see beyond sweet talk and assess actions. I also hope the defense
team is skilled in eliciting testimony to support the observation of skills and
activity as a method of DUI enforcement.
Claudio, I think what Tabuno was saying is that there can be explanations, other
than alcohol, for signs of impairment. I once has an MD tell me, when I was
extremely ill shortly after New Years, that I was just suffering from a big
hangover. Problem was, I hadn't celebrated New Years, and I don't ever
drink alcoholic beverages. Instead I had problems relating to food allergies,
and there are many people driving who are tired, ill, stressed or otherwise
"impaired" but certainly shouldn't be charged with DUI when there
are ways to definitely rule that out. This woman should have been taken off the
force LONG ago.
Re: Tabuno,So you're implying that everyone that this
ex-trooper falsely pulled over was recovering from alcohol dependency? Did the
two of you take the same kindergarten class where you were taught that
justifying lies was a good thing?
It's my understanding that a person who is recovering from alcohol
dependency can experience what is "dry" drunk as a result of withdrawals
from not drinking.
Three years ago, I was traveling across Texas on I-10. At one point I was
traveling what I thought was right on the speed limit when I got pulled over.
When I asked what I was clocked at, he said 3 miles per hour over. He would not
write that on the ticket. I suppose it might have been because he looks like a
great cop who gets many motorists pulled over because of excessive speed. By
not indicating 3 MPH over, the natural inclination is for those who review his
records to view him as much better than it would if 98% of those pulled over
were 1-3 MPH over. On that day, Texas made me sick of Texas law enforcement.
This is not just a problem with one trooper; it's a management problem.
False imprisonment is a form of kidnapping. If allegations are true, this
officer will not be able to hide behind a badge and gun and must pay for her
crime in the same manner as she smugly expected for her falsely accused victims.
Besides the Civil suit, does anyone know if Trooper Steed is also facing
criminal charges? She should be doing time in jail.
She is totally out of control. Look at the havoc she has created in peoples
lives doing false arrests.
This is horrible and should have been stopped a long time ago. When you try to
arrest people who have a BAC of 0.00%, her supervisors should have done
something then. I hope she and the State of Utah loose big, so this kind of
action does not happen again. We all know what happens when you give someone a
little bit of power. D & C 121:39
Well, that's just peachy. Drunk driving is a huge problem and I support the
harshest penalties reasonably possible for guilty parties, but phony arrests do
a huge amount of harm to the cause. I view this woman the same way I would view
someone who falsely cries rape. She needs to serve time equal to that served by
anyone victimized by her bogus charges.
power corrupts, more power corrupts more....She should personally have to pay
all the court costs of the innocent people she forced to be drug through the
Really? Cheating to win some awards? Is she an adult or a child? That is
Bad cops protected by other bad cops doing bad things to good people.
This will mean giant lawsuits against the state of Utah.Horrible
management of this trooper.Karma will get her in life.