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Utah Trooper Accused of Making Bogus DUI Arrests
STLToday.com (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) ^ | 2/22/2013 | Brady McCombs/AP

Posted on 02/22/2013 12:24:50 PM PST by scott7278

During her 10 years as a Utah state trooper, Lisa Steed built a reputation as an officer with a knack for nabbing drunken motorists in a state with a long tradition of tee totaling and some of the nation's strictest liquor laws.

Steed used the uncanny talent - as one supervisor once described it - to garner hundreds of arrests, setting records, earning praise as a rising star and becoming the first woman to become trooper of the year.

Today, however, Steed is out of work, fired from the Utah Highway Patrol, and she - and her former superiors - are facing a lawsuit in which some of those she arrested allege she filed bogus DUI reports.

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Very sad she was willing to destroy lives to further her career...
1 posted on 02/22/2013 12:24:54 PM PST by scott7278
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To: scott7278

Destroyed lives and put into question every single DUI arrest in the state.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 12:29:20 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: scott7278

Also sad that she was willing to risk destroying her own career to further her career.


3 posted on 02/22/2013 12:29:34 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: scott7278

That kind of abuse by a state trooper is what, slowly but surely, erodes confidence in and respect for authority. Drunk driving is a plague and a serious offense. To charge drivers who were already proven to have absolutely no alcohol in their system with DWI is outrageous. This women should never be given that kind of authority again. The department superiors who winked at her abuse of drivers to look good and bring money into the state coffers are just as culpable. I hope the lawsuit goes forward and succeeds in a big way.


4 posted on 02/22/2013 12:35:10 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: scott7278

Will she still collect her lavish lifetime pension? YES. This ‘girl power crazy’ biatch should be in prison. I wonder how many dogs she’s shot.


5 posted on 02/22/2013 12:35:10 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: scott7278

officers are normal people. capable of lying to further careers, get revenge on people, etc.

which is why courts should no longer regard them as unimpeachable witnesses.

the sheer number of officers - feds groups, local cops, sheriffs, marshalls, etc, just inreases the number of corrupt ones that do this.

no more unimpeachable witness status by the courts for officers. hell they have cameras, they leave their mics on when talking to suspects or witnesses, they aren’t helpless.


6 posted on 02/22/2013 12:38:04 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: driftdiver

Had this done to me when I lived In Corpus Christi, TX.

From first hand experience I can tell you she couldn’t do this on her own.

Prosecuting attorneys had to know she was doing it and so did defense attorneys.

This took a coordinated cover up.


7 posted on 02/22/2013 12:38:40 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: scott7278

DUI is a major life changing event. To do this to innocent people is reprehensible and unrepairable. It’s hard to imagine an appropriate penalty, but I hope someone in Utah thinks up the right answer.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 12:39:41 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Will she still collect her lavish lifetime pension? YES.
WTH are you talking about? She's 10 years short of qualifying.
From the story - "During her 10 years as a Utah state trooper ..."
9 posted on 02/22/2013 12:41:05 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: scott7278
Very sad she was willing to destroy lives to further her career...

Sounds like there maight be an opening or two for her- in DemocRAT politics!

10 posted on 02/22/2013 12:41:51 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: scott7278

This thugcop should spend a very long time in prison for all those false arrests.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 12:43:13 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: IMR 4350

Ping for later...have a similar story


12 posted on 02/22/2013 12:47:48 PM PST by Paratrooper
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To: scott7278

“Very sad she was willing to destroy lives to further her career..”
Who does she think she is,a Senator from Massachusetts?


13 posted on 02/22/2013 12:48:39 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: scott7278

The bitch needs to be in PRISON as an example to any others who might be disposed to do crap like this. GENERAL POPULATION would be good — for as long as she survives!


14 posted on 02/22/2013 12:50:10 PM PST by Dick Bachert ("Those who hammer their swords into plowshares will likely plow for those who do not." B.Franklin)
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To: piytar

Yes she should. Falsifying a police report is a felony.

They probably wont prosecute because they don’t want to prove their own negligence for the lawsuits.

If they do prosecute watch for the prosecuting attorney to throw the case so as not to prove their own negligence.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 12:52:06 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: scott7278

Evil. Some lives were probably ruined by this. Just wicked.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 12:52:31 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Lawyers have caused thousands of times more destruction to our nation than have guns)
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To: scott7278

“Utah” should have NEVER been “given” “Statehood”!


17 posted on 02/22/2013 12:59:36 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: oh8eleven

Ahhh, sometimes these things take a different track altogether that may not be familiar to many.
I’m personally familiar with a case (man) that was a LEO for 10-12 years or so and was/is of the mind that he’s above the law. A very brutish sort of fellow. Regardless, his unethical traits caught up with him. He was fired from the force for lying in particular and misuse of gov property.
He appealed his case for multiple years with continual findings of his guilt and the discharge upheld.
His next avenue at roughly 36-37 yr old was to file for diasbility pension (lifetime) against the city.
It was awarded (union controlled panel). Tax dollars at work and as a sidebar, he certainly isn’t disabled and is a very fit man.


18 posted on 02/22/2013 1:01:27 PM PST by benasawin
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To: scott7278

I can guarantee you if the Utah Highway Patrol has a union contract you will find right in the contract the way for a UHP to avoid a complaint being filed against them is to claim the person filing the complaint is intoxicated.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 1:01:43 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: oh8eleven

Ten years is enough in most states to be vested.....so this rogue cop will collect some sort of retirement later on.....I do not live in UT ...but LEOs tend to get decent pension


20 posted on 02/22/2013 1:02:54 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Jim Scott
Interesting that you said "erodes confidence in and respect for authority".. That is exactly what 0bama is doing and quite intentionally, aimed at undermining America's Constitution and the rule of law. Appointing tax cheat Timmy, Cayman Island account holders like Jack Lew, Anti-Semites like Hagel, Muslim converts like Brennan, lesbian Supreme Court Justices, offering promotions to people who lie for him (Rice), Lisa Jackson and her 'shadow gov't' Email accounts, Black Panther supporter and 'Contempt of Congress' liar Eric Holder STILL the head of DOJ (SCARY HUH?), Racist Hilda Solis, Nazi nanny state Kathleen Sebelius and Janet Napolitano, blah blah blah blah and the list goes on..

WEARING US DOWN..

21 posted on 02/22/2013 1:03:25 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: oh8eleven

Ten years is enough in most states to be vested.....so this rogue cop will collect some sort of retirement later on.....I do not live in UT ...but LEOs tend to get decent pension


22 posted on 02/22/2013 1:03:25 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: oh8eleven

Ten years is enough in most states to be vested.....so this rogue cop will collect some sort of retirement later on.....I do not live in UT ...but LEOs tend to get decent pension


23 posted on 02/22/2013 1:04:07 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: scott7278
We are in southern Utah. Down at the Arizona border town of Fredonia there exists what used to be a fabulous bar and lounge called the Buckskin. That was where John Wayne and Ward Bond and all the guys hung out during the filming of countless western movies during the thirties and forties.

It is now virtually deserted but for a few stragglers as we don't go there anymore. Reason is that the majority of the folks that used to hang out there were from Kanab. The Utah Highway patrol and the Kanab PD have made it a practice to start picking everybody up that leaves the place the minute they cross back into Utah.


24 posted on 02/22/2013 1:05:32 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah Mood is Fine Art)
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To: Secret Agent Man
officers are normal people. capable of lying to further careers, get revenge on people, etc.

And that's why the public should never allow them to be elevated to demi-god status. There's a TV show named "Southland" about Los Angeles policemen. I liked a statement that prefaced one of this new season's shows:

"We hold cops to a higher standard because we give them a gun and a badge. The only problem with that is they're recruited from the human race."

25 posted on 02/22/2013 1:12:17 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: scott7278

Any cop who does somethign like this should be sent to prison in general population, among those they may have arrested.

They destroyed other people lives, a death sentence is too good.


26 posted on 02/22/2013 1:21:52 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Utah Binger

I left the American Legion Post one day and noticed a police car pull in behind me.

In a couple of miles the light cam on and I pulled over.

I was accused of having crossed the center ine, which I did not because I saw this cop behind me. I was driving particularly cautious.

He got me out of the car for the regular drunk excercises and the breatholizer, I passed them all and still got a ticket for crossing the center line. A lie.

I had been drinking Pepsi Cola all night.

I went to court on the ticket and had to pay the fine, as traffic court is one place where the cops word is law ,even if it’s a lie.


27 posted on 02/22/2013 1:26:57 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Mr. K

Bingo.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 1:29:13 PM PST by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: Jim Scott
To charge drivers who were already proven to have absolutely no alcohol in their system with DWI is outrageous.

What prosecutor in his/her right mind would attempt to prosecute with no evidence?

29 posted on 02/22/2013 1:36:37 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: scott7278

There should be jail time for this. There was real damage to people... no excuse. This is no different than running a scam.


30 posted on 02/22/2013 1:38:50 PM PST by MeOnTheBeach
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To: JimRed
Sounds like there maight be an opening or two for her- in DemocRAT politics!

Are you kidding? She is Exactly what the In-Justice Dept., ATF and the Dept. of Homeland Defense desires.

31 posted on 02/22/2013 1:38:50 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: SeminoleCounty
You're right. From the Utah state website (large PDF) for Public Safety, personnel will qualify based on age ...Being fired and/or convicted of a felony may change that.
32 posted on 02/22/2013 1:43:40 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Alaska Wolf
What prosecutor in his/her right mind would attempt to prosecute with no evidence?

From the article:  By April 2012, her credibility had come into question so much that a prosecutor said he would no longer prosecute DUIs if Steed's testimony was the only evidence.

Since she started in 2002, I'd say about 10 years worth of prosecutors is your answer.

33 posted on 02/22/2013 1:44:32 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal…”cuz it’s yuckey and dumb".)
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To: Alaska Wolf

The same ones that file arrest warrants without any evidence of wrong doing. Most are political beasts that bow to pressure. They then spend your tax dollars dragging out the process trying to get innocent people to plea bargain so they don’t have to take it to trial and look like idiots. Knowing full well that most people can only afford a good defense council for so long.


34 posted on 02/22/2013 1:46:10 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: IMR 4350

Yep.

And people wonder why I’m anti-cop these days.


35 posted on 02/22/2013 1:51:18 PM PST by NVDave
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To: US Navy Vet

““Utah” should have NEVER been “given” “Statehood”!

Jerk! Utah is about the most conservative state in the union. We could do with a lot more Utah’s and a lot fewer New Jerseys, and Illilonis’. Bet you hate Mormons too!


36 posted on 02/22/2013 1:51:44 PM PST by vette6387
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“Bet you hate Mormons too!” I like “Donny and Marie”. “Hate” is SUCH a STRONG word. See “Mountain Meadows”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre


37 posted on 02/22/2013 1:56:08 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
Since she started in 2002, I'd say about 10 years worth of prosecutors is your answer.

Aren't Utah prosecutors elected?

38 posted on 02/22/2013 1:56:30 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Alaska Wolf

You really are naive, aren’t you? You have no idea why someone from the DA’s office would prosecute without evidence?

Duh. Because they’re paid to put people into court and convict them. That’s how they’re evaluated, and that’s how some chirpy assistant DA later on becomes the DA, etc.

These people are given incentives to do these things. And because they’re rarely, if every, held accountable, they get away with it.

You might not have heard of Mike Nifong, but I think you should google that guy and start reading. Doing so might help you understand that a) this does happen and b) it’s not uncommon, c) even in very high profile, high-scrutiny cases.

Never mind traffic court, where the judge assumes that all cops are telling the truth and unless a citizen has independent physical evidence, they’re not even given a fair hearing...


39 posted on 02/22/2013 2:07:16 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Alaska Wolf
Aren't Utah prosecutors elected?

Look, eventually you going to fully fellate any cop on any issue. So get it over with, Just make a wild claim that this is no problem, then you can move to a new thread.

40 posted on 02/22/2013 2:15:38 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal…”cuz it’s yuckey and dumb".)
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To: scott7278

It’s all about the money. Governments make thousands off every DUI.


41 posted on 02/22/2013 2:18:47 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: NVDave
That’s how they’re evaluated, and that’s how some chirpy assistant DA later on becomes the DA, etc.

Aren't most prosecutors elected?

These people are given incentives to do these things

It would be nice if you could post documentation.

You might not have heard of Mike Nifong,

The North Carolina DA who has been disbarred over ethics violations?

42 posted on 02/22/2013 2:20:25 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
fully fellate any cop

Appears you've done it.

43 posted on 02/22/2013 2:22:25 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

LOL! You know your man!


44 posted on 02/22/2013 2:23:08 PM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: headsonpikes; Half Vast Conspiracy

Apparently many intimately. LOL!


45 posted on 02/22/2013 2:44:49 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Alaska Wolf
The real problem is that at the same time Nifong was all over the news, there were two DA’s in the Fayetteville area and one in the Asheville area being investigated for withholding evidence, faking evidence, etc.

They only got wrapped on their knuckles.

I hung the jury in another case where the DA was going to send a kid to prison for a crime he could not possibly have committed because it was physically impossible for him to have traveled from a known point to the scene of the crime in the time required to go from one place to the other.

And that was only one of three fatal flaws in the case.

There is something very wrong with the way we elect DA’s and the lack of holding them accountable.

46 posted on 02/22/2013 2:56:17 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: old curmudgeon
There is something very wrong with the way we elect DA’s and the lack of holding them accountable.

Look at what we have in Washington D.C. Fortunately, In October, the Salt Lake Tribune obtained a memo written in May 2010 in which Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Rob Nixon flagged Steed's "pattern" of questionable DUI arrests. He wrote that the bulk of Steed's arrestees had no signs of "impairing drugs" in their systems.

We just need more people like UHP Sgt. Rob Nixon.

47 posted on 02/22/2013 3:10:55 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: NVDave

I came close to having to kill the cop, that’s why I don’t automatically jump to the cops side when someone shoots them.

It came damn close to me or him, and it wasn’t going to be me if I could help it.

With a jury you have a chance, not so much against a .357 mag.

Cops have a job to do, but trumping up charges on someone to make themselves look good isn’t their job.


48 posted on 02/22/2013 3:45:42 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: US Navy Vet

I was born a Mormon, though I no longer am a member. As a consequence, I know all about the Mountain Meadow Massacre. I guess I don’t know how that relates to the here and now, any more than the $hit the Catholic Church pulled in Europe centuries ago affects Catholics today.

BTW, why don’t you respond to my comment about you being a double dipper?

Also, from today’s postings, here’s what Utah is doing with respect to the issue of guns” http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2990329/posts
Show me another state that is as gun friendly as is Utah. Texas, by comparison is a piker!


49 posted on 02/22/2013 4:27:24 PM PST by vette6387
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To: scott7278

Michael Choate sits in his vehicle Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in West Jordan, Utah. Choate, a now-retired aircraft logistics specialist at Hill Air Force Base, said he nearly lost his security clearance and job. Steed stopped him because he was wearing a Halloween costume and booked him even though three breathalyzers tests showed no alcohol in his system. Choate said he spent $3,800 and had to take four days off of work to get his DUI charged dismissed.

I don't want to sound catty, but man they could have picked a better picture than this poor guy to make the point that she was out of control. He looks like he's about to fall asleep at the next traffic light.

50 posted on 02/22/2013 5:25:26 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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