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Video: Utah Nurse Handcuffed Over Refusal to Draw Blood from Crash Victim

September 01, 2017  | 

VIDEO: Utah Nurse Handcuffed Over Refusal to Draw Blood from Crash Victim

A nurse says she was assaulted and illegally arrested by a Salt Lake City police detective for following a hospital policy that does not allow blood draws from unconscious patients, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Footage from University Hospital and officer body cameras shows Detective Jeff Payne and nurse Alex Wubbels in a standoff over whether the policeman should be allowed to get a blood sample from a patient who had been injured in a July 26 collision in northern Utah that left another driver dead.

Wubbels says blood cannot be taken from an unconscious patient unless the patient is under arrest, unless there is a warrant allowing the draw, or unless the patient consents. The detective acknowledges in the footage that none of those requirements is in place, but he insists that he has the authority to obtain the draw, according to the footage. Payne then handcuffed Wubbels and put her in his patrol car.

In a written report, Payne said he was responding to a request from Logan police to get the blood sample, to determine whether the patient had illicit substances in his system at the time of the crash.

Wubbels says she wants law enforcement officers to be aware of the laws and agencies "need to be having conversations about what is appropriate intervention."

Salt Lake police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said the department started an internal investigation, which is ongoing, in response to the incident.


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Boston @ 9/1/2017 4:32 PM

She's correct! The Detective overstepped his authority. I understand the Detectives position. But he must follow the law too.

kevcopaz @ 9/4/2017 7:41 AM

Agreed, IM SURE HE WAS FRUSTRATED,we all been there, but one should always know the law before stepping into arresting or detaining someone, rookie mistake. Don't say it or do it unless you can back it up with legal authority. She will get some $ for this H.O.A.(head in A__) move. I'm guessing he will be back in uniform and perhaps re-reading the law and operational books once again.

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