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Leaked Memo: Trooper Handed Out DUI Tickets to Sober People

Written by Gary North on October 18, 2012

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?

“No comment.”

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?

“No comment.”

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?

“No comment.”

What about the falsely accused drivers?

“No comment.”

I mean, does the Utah Highway Patrol think the public should be treated like serfs?

“No comment.”

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22 thoughts on “Leaked Memo: Trooper Handed Out DUI Tickets to Sober People

  1. Last I looked misbehavior under the color of the law is a felony. Let's see if the Utah State Attorney brings Criminal Charges and lets see if a smart lawyer brings a class action civil tort for all the defendants to sue the the UHP and recoup the Insurance charges as well.

  2. Let there be an internal investigation. Law enforcement will not stand for such conduct if true. What I don’t understand is why the Judge didn’t throw the case out do to evidence not made available to the attorney. This memo is inhouse only. Memos are not for public use or to be used for evidence .. I’m interested to see a how this plays out!

  3. If "Law enforcement will not stand for such conduct if true", then why so many cases of cops committing crimes and then covering up their commission with falsified reports, perjury, omerta, etc.? This is getting to be a daily occurrence with police departments all across the country.

  4. MontanaMEL says:

    Just goes to show you how "being DUMBED DOWN" in our school systems has daily effects upon us citizens!… Only one place did the report mention that this was a woman…and, had been awarded "trooper of the year" award of all things… Can anyone else see the connection here???… Lower the "bar" for everyone just so we look good being PC towards women!.. Use a "different" yad-stick….it's the same in our military now, along with all the fags being coddled there!… Wonder if there is some "tie-in" behind the sceans here…maybe that "supervisor" was also a woman???…eh?… When is ENOUGH, enough?

  5. adamenochnoah says:

    The Police & almost everyone in Govt have been given immunity no matter how egregious their crimes are. Our Founders gave us the answer to this usurpation of lawful authority. Jury Nullification. The citizen jury has the right to judge both the crime & the law, & act accordingly.

  6. Now you tell us about this??! Why aren't we ever warned about officer fraud and the insurance consequences??

  7. adamenochnoah says:

    Sorry, I've been that route. The best thing for you to do is first get you a good attorney, then pre-write any statements you have to give the police & stick with it, because they will try to twist your story any way they can.The sole purpose of a police Internal Affairs investigation is to get you to make multiple recorded statements in order to pick your story apart while the offending officer(s) are never asked to give any type of recorded testimony. The short story is, Internal Affairs investigations are mostly a farce. There has to be too many witnesses or too much public outcry for anyone in Govt to take action.

  8. adamenochnoah says:

    Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of tonight's presidential debate at Hofstra University.
    The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.
    "Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight's #debate a "mockumentary"," said a tweet posted on her account.

  9. Texas Chris says:

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say there will be no charges, no trial, and no punishment.

  10. Texas Chris says:

    I agree. No government agency will be held accountable by any other government agency. Ever.

  11. Texas Chris says:

    It continues to happen because we, the average muggle, are afraid to risk the armed resistance required to defend our rights and suppress tyranny.

  12. Texas Chris says:

    13 years in public schools prepare us for total submission to authority, even if we've done no wrong.

  13. Texas Chris says:

    Try getting caught in Texas without insurance. $300 ticket, license suspended pending an additional $250 fine and a $100 "reinstatement fee", plus you must buy an additional policy, and SR-22, and pay a $100 fee for the state to keep it on file.

  14. Ronald R. Johnson says:

    It happens in all states, just most get away with it much longer than this one! They can lie all lie all they want it’s all about making the mone’y

  15. this has been going on for many years. i grew up in ohio, god forbid you were caught driving anywhere close to a bar after 11 pm. 1 charge was reduced to wreckless op, and 1 was actually thrown out, but 2 others i got stuck with dui on. i admit to 1 of those. but when every time the breathalizer said almost exactly the same thing, 1.2 or 1.3? i think they can set it for whatever they want

  16. It is the aholes such as this guy, who make it very difficult for the good cops out there, to do their job and do it safely.

  17. Barack Obummer says:

    If you were drinking and driving once you should lose your license. There is NO EXCUSE. You admitted to having been under the influence. You have no credibility here because you ARE GUILTY. Too many people die every year because shit heads like you think you can drive after having a few drinks. You are lucky I was not a judge on your case because I would have put you in jail for the maximum possible time and taken away your "privileges" for as long as the law would allow. People die when morons like you drink and drive.

  18. Barack Obummer says:

    "Law enforcement will not stand for such conduct if true" What a joke. Law enforcement stands for so much more than this. They no exactly what is going on and they allow it. There are too many BAD COPS and unfortunately the good once pay the price for management allowing the bad ones to stay employed.

  19. People with various endocrine disorders can fail the pupil dilation and tremor criteria and also can fail to walk heel to toe in a straight line. I went to the doctor recently with endocrine-related complaints, and the doctor did a physical examination to test me for all of these criteria. I failed all of these tests, and I have never drunk a beer or a glass of wine in my life. The doctor then ordered labwork which detected no problems even though I had the symptoms of a serious endocrine disorder and had obvious gointer with buzzing of the thyroid. Later, labwork was repeated and expanded upon, and endocrine disorders were confirmed. A person also can fail these physical examination tests (pupil dilation, walking heel to toe, and having tremors) yet labwork not reflect any disease state yet because their condition is subclinical or related to adrenal fatigue. The police relying solely on these criteria as conclusive of alcohol ingestion is an exercise in stupidity.

  20. This trash belongs in jail and the entire group should also be charged to conspiracy and aiding in a criminal act!
    We need to also limit law enforcements hitech toys!
    They can now drive or fly by your home and listen to your private conversation on the phone and zap your email as well as watch and observe you Inside Your Home!

  21. DUI increases Your Insurance…Can Cost You Your Job…Cost You Your Drivers License…Can Cost You Your Vehicle….and Cost at a min of $10000.00 to defend Yourself from the Charge!
    This worthless trash has Destroyed Peoples Lives and Income!
    She and her group all belong Fired and in Jail!

  22. I had a chicken shyt state trooper in south louisiana named Eugene White that set me up a few times.