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State troopers put their lives on the line every day. And the act of pulling someone over on a highway can be a deadly experience for any cop not following the best protocols. But police are also under great pressure to generate ticket revenue for their cities, counties and states, and their zeal to hit revenue targets can lead them to do the wrong thing.

So says a class action suit filed against the State of Utah and a specific state trooper who is accused of writing "driving under the influence" tickets when they weren't impaired.

State trooper Lisa Steed was honored inside the state police force for busting an extraordinary number of drunk drivers. But some of her convictions were subsequently over-turned, and the trooper was reprimanded and then fired for making false arrests.

Since Steed's performance and punishment were reported, dozens of people who were convicted have been signing up with lawyers for a class action suit. People convicted of DUI lost money, cars and trailers and even jobs, according to ABC 4 News/Salt Lake City.

One such plaintiff is Thomas Romero who was arrested by Steed in 2011. "I wasn't drunk ... I was not intoxicated. Nothing," Romero told ABC 4.

One of the representing attorneys, Robert Sykes, says he is looking at hundreds of drivers who may have been victimized. Sykes is ambitiously seeking that all DUI arrests by state troopers be over-turned in cases where the trooper was the only witness.

How much could plaintiffs get? Attorneys are hoping to get Romero, for example, at least $20,000 to cover everything he lost, including his truck and his motor home. If you add up all the cases these attorneys think are out there, the lawsuit could potentially cost Steed and the Utah Highway Patrol $20 million.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      You aught to see what goes on in the trucking business at the weigh stations and roadside inspections, a lot of states can pull you over for no reason at all. They know most drivers are from another state and it makes it nearly impossible to return to contest the infraction in court. These Nazis masquerade as law enforement but, their main objective is to bring in revenue and inturn they use these volumes of citations in order to receive big fat raise for writing these phony tickets! It seems everybody in government uses it for their own personal enrichment! Just another example why this country is going to hell in a hand basket! There used to be a fairly strong bond between law enforement and truckers but, due to this sort of practice it's just driving a huge wedge between the two. It's a misuse of power, they think its cool to be able to force a 65 foot truck to the side of the road by turning on their ligjts at the flip of a switch.
      hosereal3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I say Hang the Bit*H for false arrests-!!!--bout time!
      Porteratty
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think there is something in the Bible about false witness. Follow the money trail and it will lead you to the truth.
      Vascopolis
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is RAMPANT in this country. I have personal experienceand can atest to it all being fact. What saved me was VIDEO CAMERAS... The store where I was shopping had 9 (!) covering their parking lots and street, and I had a GPS with a memory and had been making a vacation video with one camera facing forward and one camera facing rearward... with sound. The charges were "CROSSING A FOG LINE" and "A DIRTY FRONT LICENSE PLATE" which would have been 2 points on my license. The 75 year old female Judge in this Western New York Town said "Who am I going to believe, You or my Police Officer"? (!!) Under threat of video, the "Court" (The Judge was just as guilty as the Police) offered to "Reduce it to a Parking Ticket with a hefty fine and drivers school! I said "NO!" and refused. I called the ACLU and they gave me advice. The Officer is KNOWN for accepting "Favors" and has made it to "Chief" of the three car police department. DRIVERS BEWARE !
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now get more CLASS ACTION SUITS against HARRASSMENT PROFILING of MATURE ADULT CITIZENS.
      lklex
      • 2 Years Ago
      A false arrest, made by a police officer sworn to uphold the law, is anathema to the criminal justice system. If this officer is guilty of making false arrests, she should be criminally prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law -- which, of course, means a very lengthy prison sentence. If I were sitting on a civil jury and found her responsible for making false arrests, the award against her would be her net worth, and not one cent less.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the blanket statement that "if its your word against a cops word you lose every time." It is not merely the word of the officer. It is his or her written report, the findings of the blood or breath test, the field tests, and other physical evidence that is presented in court. Being under the "legal limit" does not mean you were not impaired. All that states is that if you are over that limit, you are DUI "Per se", which means the officer does not need any more reason to make an arrest. Weaving across traffic lanes, and then blowing a .04 is still impaired.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need a system in place that is unbiased and innocent people cannot be convicted of crimes they did not commit. The poor are mostly targeted , and if a false arrest or non conviction is found , the accuser should be liable for damages or lose there job. Also the quota's are crazy, why push these people to give tickets and make false arrests? Liability and an annual standard of review by an external resources should be in place for all municipal workers including these officers.
      Brenda
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a creepy wanna-be cop...
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing better than a good cop. Nothing worse than a bad one.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Astonishing
      Vimala Nowlis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since her false arrests were overturned and she was fired, it proves the system works. If the victims must sue, the defendant should be this over zealous liar. But of course they want to sue the state because that's where the money is. Just goes to show that the victims are not after justice but the money. "Money makes the world go around, the world go round..."
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