The nurse who found herself being arrested for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient has reached a $500,000 settlement against Salt Lake City. The Goldwater reported on the incident when University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels was thrust into the national spotlight after footage showed her being violently arrested for doing her job last month.
Body cam footage of the arrest went viral after Wubbels refused Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne's request to draw blood when he did not have the required paperwork. The footage shows Payne flying off the handle after Wubbels told him he needed to satisfy any one of the three legal requirements to request a blood draw from a patient. Payne arrested Wubbels who screamed and cried that she had done nothing wrong but she was never charged. The Goldwater later reported that Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne was fired for his actions.
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Wubbels can be heard on the video pointing out that the crash victim who Payne wanted blood from was not under arrest, he did not have a warrant and the victim could not consent due to being in a medically induced coma because of massive burns all over his body suffered when a suspect fleeing police crashed into his truck igniting it in flames.
After the settlement was reached, which said that no legal action would be pursued against the city or the hospital in exchange for $500,000, Wubbels said she would use some of the money to help people in similar situations obtain body camera footage. Her attorneys at Porter’s law firm, Christensen & Jensen, also said they would provide any legal services necessary to obtain such footage for free.
Wubbels said in a statement Tuesday, "We all deserve to know the truth and the truth comes when you see the actual raw footage and that’s what happened in my case. No matter how truthful I was in telling my story, it was nothing compared to what people saw and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of the experience that I went through."
The Unified Police Department, the FBI, and the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office are still investigating the incident although no criminal charges have been levied against former Detective Payne at this time.
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