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Utah trooper accused of issuing bogus DUIs

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Michael Choate sits in his vehicle Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in West Jordan, Utah. Choate, a now-retired aircraft logistics specialist at Hill Air Force Base, said he nearly lost his security clearance and job. Steed stopped him because he was wearing a Halloween costume and booked him even though three breathalyzers tests showed no alcohol in his system. Choate said he spent $3,800 and had to take four days off of work to get his DUI charged dismissed.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former award-winning Utah state trooper is out of work and facing a major lawsuit.

During her 10 years with the Utah Highway Patrol, Lisa Steed built a reputation as an officer with a knack for nabbing drunken motorists. But she's now facing a lawsuit in which some of those she arrested allege she filed bogus DUI reports.

Steed was taken off road patrol in April 2012 and fired in November. She was accused of violating department policies, falsifying police reports and using questionable practices when making DUI arrests.

Steed declined to comment, but her attorney says she denies the allegations. She is trying to get her job back.

The civil lawsuit includes two defendants, but dozens more are lined up to broaden it into a class action lawsuit.

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