Dui | DUI Case Dismissed After Judge Rules UHP Trooper Not Credible
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By nate carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune
Third District Court Judge Mark Kouris found Steed gave fake be evidence of final month about reprimands released to her. Therefore, Kouris could not rest on her be evidence of that driving-under-the change think Theron Alexander had a damaged permit image light on the night Steed pulled him over.
Kouris suppressed the evidence from the 2010 traffic stop. Prosecutors in the courtroom Tuesday right away discharged the charges.
“I think it’s satisfactory to say it wasn’t truthful,” Judge Mark Kouris mentioned of Steed’s be evidence of final month.
Alexander’s attorney, Joseph Jardine, mentioned he’s never listened of a panel of judges creation such a statute against a Utah military officer.
“It’s a inapplicable designation to have a guard with her follow record on the street,” Jardine mentioned of Steed, who was not present for Tuesday’s hearing.
Steed’s attorney, Greg Skordas, mentioned she stands by her be evidence of and her detain of Alexander, 54. Skordas did not think Kouris’ statute would effect Steed’s practice with UHP, but concurred that other invulnerability lawyers representing the she arrests might try the same tactic: using reprimands contained in her crew record to disparage her testimony.
“Her cases will be scrutinized on a box by box basement henceforth,” Skordas said. “We’ll have to see if there are identical motions filed.”
The Alexander box was keenly watched for that reason. The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has mentioned it was reviewing DUI arrests done by Steed and had granted her fortify data to other invulnerability attorneys.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Chief Deputy Blake Nakamura was in the art studio Tuesday. After justice he mentioned Steed’s cases will be reviewed individually.
“Each box is going to mount on its own,” Nakamura said.
Steed mentioned she stopped Alexander ” who has previous crime philosophy for drug receive ” on Jan. 2, 2010, nearby 5900 South and 700 West since his permit image light was out. He subsequently was charged with drug receive and pushing beneath the influence.
Alexander testified final month the light was working and moreover mentioned he used heroin progressing that day.
The trooper’s dashcam video was vague concerning either the tail light was out or not, that done Steed’s truth a key situation in the case.
Jardine sought Steed’s disciplinary record to assault her credit and found archives display the executive received a rebuke in 2010 for stealing a microphone from her unvaried during a traffic stop.
Steed final month testified that she told superiors she private it so she could discharge a breath assessment before a margin seriousness assessment ” itself a breach of UHP process ” without her major learning about the breath-test violation.
But a UHP sergeant and a major testified Tuesday that they had no correlation of Steed creation that forgive at the time. Instead, the created rebuke Steed received for stealing the microphone shows she claimed she did not know why she private it.