If you are cited for a DUI for driving under the influence of drugs, your auto insurance rate will skyrocket unless you can prove in court that you were sober.
How can you prove this? What if the drug test proves that you were sober, but the law-enforcement agency withholds this information from your attorney? You’re dead in the water.
A trooper in the Utah Highway Patrol — a former “Trooper of the Year” — was accused of falsely testifying in court, year after year. What is amazing is where the accusation came from: her UHP supervisor.
That was in 2010. Nothing was done about it.
The officer handed out 20 citations. In 11 cases, there was no confirmation by the drug test.
The officer claimed that the drivers had shown signs of impairment, such as dilated pupils and leg and body tremors.
The supervisor wrote a memo. It was buried.
Then the Salt Lake Tribune got a copy.
You can guess what happened next. A reporter contacted the UHP. What did the UHP spokesman say? “No comment.” On what basis? “We’re considering that a protected document so we’re not at liberty to discuss the document.”
I see. A protected document.
What about the protection of innocent, falsely accused, convicted drivers?
Her attorney says she never saw the memo.
I am sure that is comforting to the drivers.
A defense lawyer for a convicted driver had requested months ago to see her record. The memo was withheld. Withholding evidence is illegal, isn’t it?
Steed’s credibility was compromised in April. One state judge in Salt Lake County and one in Davis County found Steed had been untruthful on the witness stand during DUI and drug possession cases. The rulings led to a dismissal of charges against both defendants.
Soon after the rulings, the UHP removed Steed from road duty and began its own investigation of Steed. It’s unclear when that investigation will be completed. Skordas said Steed has been reassigned to an administrative job — out of uniform and without a gun — while the investigation is under way.
Shouldn’t she have been fired?
What about the falsely accused drivers?
I mean, does the Utah Highway Patrol think the public should be treated like serfs?