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Judge says man faked DUI to set up suit against police

A federal judge has dismissed a Cache County man's lawsuit against two Logan police officers.

David Craig Carlsen accused officers Kent Harris and Lem R. Earl of misconduct during his September 1992 arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene found that the officers saw Carlsen driving slowly and stopped him, then gave him field sobriety tests, which he failed. However, a breath test detected no alcohol.

Carlsen's demeanor and physical coordination "completely changed" after the test, and he told the officers he would see them in court, the judge noted.

Carlsen has a long-running animosity against the police department, Greene found in written decision, and he feigned intoxication to lay the "groundwork for a lawsuit," the judge decided. Greene upheld the legality of the officers' actions and dismissed Carlsen's suit.