Suit against Utah trooper Steed over alleged bogus DUI cases will not be a class action, judge rules
An article in the Salt Lake Tribune, discussed the lawsuit that alleges drunken-driving cases initiated by former Utah Highway Patrol trooper Lisa Steed were based on false statements and unconstitutional practices.
Second District Judge Michael Allphin said Thursday that an analysis of whether there was reasonable suspicion and probable cause for a traffic stop must be based on the unique facts and circumstances of each of the DUI cases, “which cannot be achieved through generalized proof.” Therefore, he ruled that the lawsuit will not be a class-action suit.
The proposed class action against UHP and Steed was filed in December 2012 by three Utahns who claim they were arrested by Steed and prosecuted for alleged DUI violations even though tests were either negative or showed levels of substances that were within legal limits.
The suit claims the traffic stops were illegally expanded into DUI investigations by false claims of signs of impairment and that field sobriety tests were administered without reasonable suspicion.
Robert Sykes, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said he plans to appeal the ruling. The statute of limitations for most of the proposed class members to file their own lawsuit has passed, he said, leaving them with no remedy.
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