Judges are finally starting to recognize credibility issues in Trooper Steed’s work. Judge Cutler in a this written opinion takes note that the Trooper’s testimony lacked credibility in three significant areas. www.utahduilawblog.com/uploads/file/Steed Cutler ruling.pdf
First, the judge did not believe that the trooper was just on "traffic enforcement." She was staking out the place trying to catch the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers.
Second, he did not believe the trooper in her description of the road construction in the area.
Third, the judge did not believe the trooper’s description of a technical driving pattern that would constitute the reason for the pull over.
Judge Faust in this case www.utahduilawblog.com/uploads/file/steed faust ruling.pdf stated that "the Court is troubled by Trooper Steed’s failure to follow UHP Policies…"
Further, Judge Page in Davis County two years ago dismissed a case where Trooper Steed’s video was destroyed.
According to Trooper Steed’s own testimony, she made 400 arrests in 2009 for DUI. This is reported as being the most in Utah, and reporters believe the most in the nation. The next closest arrests made by a trooper in Utah was 168. She is quoted as saying this is a numbers game. Pull over as many people as you can and at least 1 out of every 10 will be impaired. It is the same as the tuna fisherman that cast a huge net and sometimes innocent dolphins get caught in the net. Are the innocent just a casualty of war against DUI? Many people’s lives are ruined by false arrests. It costs them money, embarrassment, sleepless nights, and even their jobs.