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danindenver

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:26:52 AM

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a former Utah Highway Patrol trooper and her superiors alleging that she filed false DUI charges during her career.
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:32:41 AM

"Steed was named Utah Highway Patrol's "Trooper of the Year" in 2007 for making more than 200 DUI arrests, a reward that Studebaker says should be taken away from her."

Smacks of a quota system to me.
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CVA19
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 12:55:29 AM

I have no use for people who drive impaired or distracted. I also have no use for police officers who violate the public's trust.
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BobBG
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:46:45 PM

Isn't there enough real police work without faking it?.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:23:13 PM

Letmeeatcake - "It is human nature to fudge those arrests."
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Bull!

But then again, this does reveal some aspects of Letemeatcakes thought process.

Recognizing once again that... The truth shall set you free!
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:24:24 AM

To many drivers were wrongly accused before Utah took action.
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danny999
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 5:51:20 AM

One rottn apple spoils a bushell.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:44:58 PM


That she is not the only 0one is a given.

It would be wrong to assume that everyone picked up for a DUI is guilty, particularly when there are so many gold stars given to the boys and girls in blue for arrests. It is human nature to fudge those arrests.
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:57:45 PM

She's not the only one.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:16:10 PM


Too often the fine line between cops and criminals gets erased.
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melvindale
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:53:19 PM

Interesting story.

Here in Metro Detroit it is Redford Township.

In 1982 I was arrested late at night. I was speeding. I pulled over. Here in Michigan, empty bottles and cans are worth 10 cents apiece. In 1982 that added up to real money. I did not take back bottles and cans very often - usually when I was strapped for cash. The result is that I had a lot (a lot) of empty beer cans on the floor in the back seat of my car. I couldn't use the trunk, as it had a giant hole rusted through it. I was driving a 71 Pontiac Grand Ville with 455 and 4 barrel carburetor. I had rebuilt both the year before. I went really fast. The police, instead of asking questions jumped to the wrong conclusion. (I had 3 beers - 10 hours before!) Following what I assume to be Redford police procedure, they called over another 3 or 4 police cars and they proceeded to beat the crap out of me on the side of the road. When they finally hauled me into the station, that is when someone finally performed a breathalyzer. I was stone cold sober. He did another one. Ditto. He did a third. Ditto. Then he proceeded to write down numbers that said I was drunk, irregardless of breathalyzer results. They had beat the crap out of me, and if I was sober I could sue. So he made me drunk. (Apparently in Michigan drunks have no rights.) I got to try to sleep on a board covered with vinyl - their version of a bed. Lots of fines, etc. In the end, they dropped it to driving while impaired, a lesser charge than drunk. Oh, and their towing and overcharging service destroyed my front bumper. Yes, the bumper that could have pulled a tree out of the ground, they found a way to twist and kink it so the bottom edge faced sky and the right and left sides were at a 45 degree angle with each other (they originally had like a 10 degree angle - the shape of Pontiac front ends in 71). In 1982 dollars: $50 bail, $150 fine, $100 towing and storage, total $300. Mind you, a year and a half before that, when I bought the car, I only paid $25 to have it towed 15 miles (30 round trip for tow truck) in a snowstorm! Most tows were $15. Gas was like 89 cents a gallon. (I might be remembering that wrong, but it was less than $1.25 a gallon, because that was what I paid in Missouri in May of that year - it was the most I ever paid per gallon, or to fill up: $30. It was a 30 gallon tank, but I always paid $20 or less before that, and again after that - for years.)
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techque
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:44:04 PM

fall gal or bad apple . . . who can say from this article really.
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:25:11 PM

She deserves to pay for her crimes just like anyone else would!
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danindenver
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:31:15 PM

"Sounds like a conspiracy..... "

Uh, guess what!
I just found out that this may be happening in Denver, as well.
Rumor is that there is a hush-hush class-action suit going on where Denver cops have been setting up people to impound their cars, because the city gets part of the impound fees.
Story goes that a highly paid professional did an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to find other people who had had their cars impounded and, then, had charges dropped.

Very scary for anyone who drives in Denver.
I already know that, if you park downtown, they are tasked with finding any reason possible to ticket you, including lack of a front license plate :(

Forget about life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
It is all about the money.

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LongPlay
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:56:19 PM

There are bad people in every profession despite the best intentions of their supervisors.
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Catfish93001
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:50:16 PM

No one should be surprised, especially if you've ever tried to fight a ticket and the law enforcement officer lies in court. This happens all the time, in every state.
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:32:13 PM

Law enforcement breaking the law? How many innocent people have their reputation ruined? They might have lost their jobs with a DUI charge. Can she look herself in the mirror? Throw the book at her.
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sawdust1825
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:28:21 PM

One bad apple does spoil the whole lot....
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:50:11 AM

Those poor people she jerked around! Dirty law enforcement just decreases the public opinion of all law enforcement.
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Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:39:08 AM

wow, what a shame to the UHP, she will served some jail time, no matter what...
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treehood
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:26:07 AM

"Law enforcement should not be a contest! "- TXRanger09 you have that absolutely correct. Thank you.
This whole story reflects very badly on UHP, Utah, the Utah court system and law enforcement in general. Massive punishment needs to be handed out to all those involved and those charged with oversight.
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isem
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:24:16 AM

Most law enforcement personnel are honorable, upstanding people doing an unpleasant and dangerous, but necessary, job. When you find a “bad apple” like this they should get appropriate jail time.
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spike55sk
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:20:59 AM

Do not pass go...do not collect $200.00....go directly to jail.

She needs to pay and suffer the way she made misery for innocent people costing them to suffer needless pain, emotional and financial embarrassment.
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joebobdiddly
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:16:19 AM

Oops!!!
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TXRanger09
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:14:16 AM

Steed was named Utah Highway Patrol's "Trooper of the Year" in 2007 for making more than 200 DUI arrests, a reward that Studebaker says should be taken away from her.--------------Law enforcement should not be a contest!
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CptnCanada
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:13:47 AM

Send her to prison ... general population...
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diesel8888
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:13:18 AM

Horrible news, especially coming from a public servant who was sworn in to enforce the law. She should do jail time for this just like everybody else....
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Cyberkedi
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:12:06 AM

Most cops are good and do their job right - but sadly, there are a few who give the profession a black eye.
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quasar502
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:08:40 AM

Hang her high.
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FuelPump
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:08:14 AM

Seems there would be enough legitimate DUI's to not have to fabricate more, so it would seem.
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bicycler
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:06:36 AM

If she is guilty, fire her!
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JWHITE1937
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:04:23 AM

They don't lie in UTAH?
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marion1739
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:03:32 AM

Then all the cases should be thrown out and removed from all the drivers records
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AcuraTSX
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:03:12 AM

Trying to meet quota's?
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Cellsite
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:02:26 AM

"It doesn't mean she's dishonest."
Really?
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Canucktree
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:02:26 AM

Should check her for drugs too!
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Hi1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:01:03 AM

I hope she get what she deserve and it to bad for her precinct.
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DOOM63
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:00:16 AM

Twit
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bigsranch
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Its the Staties, man.
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JCI46009IN
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:59:02 AM

Hang her out to dry, just like she did all those drivers!!!!!!!
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trekmanKY
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:58:52 AM

Oh well!
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TonyPSU
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:58:16 AM

Make her pay
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cssco
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:57:51 AM

There are days when everything goes badly.
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:57:05 AM

rake her over the coals!
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mberg
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:58 AM

Shameful. Not good on judgement day we all face sometime.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:55 AM

brutal!
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driveonby1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:32 AM

She musta been drinkin', too.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:55:32 AM

Have to look good at least until you look bad.
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pulpwood
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:54:46 AM

most of it caught on camera, that makes it easy for the lawyers.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:54:05 AM

next
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leraar2
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:53:05 AM

this is just another case of the "quota" system,
which ranges from the egregious to the downright silly.

in my instance, at 15 minutes before shift change,
getting a warning for a license plate light bulb not working.

this occurred 20 days after PASSING a state vehicle inspection,
and showing the officer that i had a complete light bulb
LIGHTBULB REPLACEMENT KIT in the car.

all the while several cars passing by had HEADLIGHTS OUT!


[Edited by: leraar2 at 1/5/2013 10:56:31 AM EST]
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