SALT LAKE CITY-- A former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year has admitted she intentionally left her microphone in her patrol car during a traffic stop so superiors wouldn't know she was violating an agency policy.
Trooper Lisa Steed's statements came Tuesday while she took the witness stand in a DUI court case. She acknowledged she left the microphone behind on an unrelated 2010 DUI stop so officials couldn't hear her performing a breathalyzer test before conducting a field sobriety test.
In 2007, Steed was named Trooper of the Year for making more than 200 arrests of impaired drivers.
But defense attorneys have called Steed's tactics into question.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said his office has been investigating several dozen pending DUI cases involving Steed after complaints arose.