Utah trooper faces lawsuit for making bogus DUI arrests

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  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Feb. 23, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 22, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Feb. 22, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    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?

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Feb. 22, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    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.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    This is not just a problem with one trooper; it's a management problem.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    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.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Besides the Civil suit, does anyone know if Trooper Steed is also facing criminal charges? She should be doing time in jail.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    She is totally out of control. Look at the havoc she has created in peoples lives doing false arrests.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    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

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Feb. 22, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    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.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Feb. 22, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    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 system

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Feb. 22, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Really? Cheating to win some awards? Is she an adult or a child? That is rediculous.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Bad cops protected by other bad cops doing bad things to good people.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Feb. 22, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    This will mean giant lawsuits against the state of Utah.
    Horrible management of this trooper.
    Karma will get her in life.