A Utah State Trooper is facing a lawsuit after 10 years of record setting arrest numbers. Lisa Steed built a reputation as an excellent officer, with a flair for finding drunken motorists. One supervisor even referred to it as an uncanny ability.
As it turns out, those abilities may not have been so much uncanny, as they were unrealistic. Steed and her former superiors are facing a lawsuit that alleges she filed falsified DUI reports. Those she arrested have said the arrests were disruptive and costly.
One man, Michael Choate, was stopped because he was wearing a Halloween costume, and Steed arrested him even though three breathalyzers showed no evidence of alcohol in his system. Choate took four days off of work to fight his DUI charges. They were ultimately dismissed, but he spent $3,800 on DUI attorneys in the process.
Steed was added to the DUI squad in 2009, and she garnered 400 DUI arrests that year. Those arrests were thought to be a state record, until recent allegations, and were more than double the previous DUI arrest record. Her arrests came into question in 2010 when Sgt. Rob Nixon noted that most of her arrests were on signs of impairment of drugs. A bulk of those arrests had no signs of impairing drugs in their systems.
Those listed on the lawsuit want the entire agency removed from their positions and held responsible for the damages Steed caused.