FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Attorney's Office said it will dismiss any case in which Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lisa Steed's testimony or evidence is the sole component of the case.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings issued the news release Thursday, after Judge Robert J. Dale suppressed evidence in 2nd District Court in a driving under the influence case.
Steed had been assigned by UHP to patrol Davis County.
If the Davis County Attorney's Office does not need Steed for a conviction in a case, that case will go forward, according to the news release. But any case that has been filed that depends solely on Steed's testimony or evidence gathering, will be dismissed.
"We do not want those who are innocent, or even those who may have violated the law, to be potential victims of the justice system based on Trooper Steed's misconduct if a case rests in whole, or in part, on her credibility," the statement reads.
UHP has reassigned Steed to non-law-enforcement duties within the Department of Public Safety until further notice, according to news release issued by the DPS.
UHP has asked the Utah Attorney General's Office to investigate a ruling a 3rd District Court made earlier this week on testimony given by Steed in another DUI case, according to the news release. UHP will also conduct a separate inquiry as to "any possible violations."
The Utah County Attorney's Office was asked by the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office to be the outside agency to investigate Steed's conduct.
According to 2nd District Court documents, on Jan. 29, 2011, Steed pulled over Stephanie Nieder in North Salt Lake and subsequently charged her with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony and three misdemeanors, all traffic violations. Those charges were dismissed after Dale ruled that Steed did not have probable cause to search Nieder's car, as well as ruling Steed was not credible because of significant changes in Steed's testimony in the preliminary hearing and the evidentiary hearing, said Greg Law, Nieder's attorney.
Steed also did not have her microphone on to record the conversation between her and Nieder at the time of the stop, Law said. Nieder said she did not give Steed permission to search her car, but Steed said she did.
Law, who was a police officer, said, "Trooper Steed gives the UHP a huge black eye."
Most troopers do their job well, Law said.
In 2007, UHP named Steed the "Trooper of the Year," based on her DUI arrests.