Utah - A police officer who was named 'Trooper of the Year 2007' for making more than 200 DUI arrests could see her cases overturned after she admitted violating standard procedure.
Lisa Steed admitted in court this week that she had removed her microphone during a 2010 DUI stop so her superior wouldn't know what she was doing.
This is not the first time Steed's actions on DUI stops have got her into trouble.
"The cumulative facts may well have a significant ripple effect across every
case she's touched," Salt Lake City attorney Joseph Jardine told ABC News. "This
could become the basis for overturning multiple convictions in the past."
"The credibility of an investigating officer is paramount. If you can't trust
the cop at their word, there's very little left that you can trust with an
investigation," Jardine said.
"It's hard to say why she would do it specifically," Jardine said. "Is it
pressure from her past achievements? Is it her desire to outdo the other
officers in the state? Is it for advancement? Is it for all of the above? Who