SC trooper cleared of DUI charge

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CAYCE, S.C. — A former South Carolina state trooper wants to return to work now that a jury has found her not guilty of the DUI charge that led to her dismissal.

The State newspaper reports that former Lance Cpl. Lisa Lindler was cleared of the charge by a Cayce municipal court jury earlier this month.

Lindler, a 23-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, was fired in June 2009 after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Her lawyer, John O’Leary, argued that the breath test machine malfunctioned, and that Lindler wasn’t given the chance to give another sample.

O’Leary says his client has filed a grievance with the patrol and wants to come back to work.

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YeCats
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YeCats 12/30/11 - 09:41 am
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So much for innocent, before

So much for innocent, before proven guilty.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/30/11 - 09:51 am
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You would think that a

You would think that a 23-year veteran of the Highway Patrol would know enough not to blow into a breathalyzer. That's Basic 101.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/30/11 - 10:04 am
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@Lamb: if you refuse the
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@Lamb: if you refuse the state test your license gets suspended automatically. instead of her job back she needs to pursue a lawsuit.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 12/30/11 - 10:05 am
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sooo the thousands of other
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sooo the thousands of other times the machine was right on...and i dont know who keeps deleting my comments but have a horrible new years

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/30/11 - 11:18 am
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Little Lamb, if she really

Little Lamb, if she really was not intoxicated, it would have been in her best interest to take the intox test because refusal would have been and automatic dismissal of employment.

I do agree that "if" this was her only case and she cooperated, etc. then she should not have been fired until proven guilty.

For the many who continually think that the small % of police officers who break the law get away with anything, this just further shows the complete opposite. Often officers/deputies are held to much higher standards, terminated prior to being found guilty, etc. For the most part, the days of "cover my back" with maybe the exception of a minor infraction are long gone.

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NoCatchyName 12/30/11 - 12:09 pm
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Asitisinaug, You are correct

Asitisinaug,

You are correct about the refusal being terminal for the trooper.

Your assertion that the days of "cover my back" are long gone is total error.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/30/11 - 12:18 pm
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NoCatchyname, I do agree that

NoCatchyname, I do agree that it stil goes on to some extent but it is very limited in scope. Whereas before it use to be rare if ever another cop would even discuss what another cop had done, nowdays, cops will make it clear to other cops that they will not lie or cover up for anyone some will even take it further and report on their own without being questioned. Then, we have technology that has come into the picture. Much of what goes on is on video tape and the officer who catches another officer doing wrong knows that the only way not to report what he has seen would be to violate policy or break the law him/herslef which officers are generally not willing to do for obvious reasons. For the most part, officers that have come into policing in the past 10 years or so have a greatly different view on the reporting of bad officers which is overall a very good thing. It is a double edged sword becasue when an officer is caught doing wrong, many simply say "that is what they all do" but I prefer to look at it as good officers doing their best to remove the few bad officers from within their ranks.

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rmwardsr 12/30/11 - 03:29 pm
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This sounds like another case

This sounds like another case of a DUI case being drug out in the court system. If there is one thing I have garnered over the last several years of seeing elected officials get off scot free in a DUI case, is get a good criminal attorney, and drag it out until the chickens come home to roost. oh, and the argument that the breath test machine malfunctioned, I wonder how many judges have scoffed at that argument? Sounds like she got a lucky break, because how were they going to prove the machine malfunctioned, and two years ago?

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broad street narrow mind 12/30/11 - 04:19 pm
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how did they prove the
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how did they prove the machine malfunctioned? how did they even know it did?

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Riverman1 12/30/11 - 08:22 pm
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The Cayce, SC police arrested

The Cayce, SC police arrested her. She also had an open container of alcohol. State Public Safety Department Director Mark Keel said viewing the video of her arrest assured him her firing was justified.

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