A nurse in Salt Lake City was arrested and immediately released following a situation with the arresting officer. Salt Lake police detective Jeff Payne thought he could just bully his way into getting what he wanted and skip the legal procedure for procuring a blood sample. When the hospital staff refused to bend the law for Payne he flew into a rage and arrested one of the hospital employees that told him he needed the proper paperwork.
Payne lunges toward her unprovoked and chases her around the hospital, even the uniformed officer with Payne tried to calm him down while he attempted to arrest the woman. Alex Wubbels said she couldn't believe what happened. "This is crazy. This is crazy. Why is he so angry?" she can be heard saying on the body cam video released by the Salt Lake City Police Department. Wubbels is clearly distressed and in tears while the officer tries to pry her hands off the hospital walls and put her in his car. The detective had no legal reason to do so since following the proper procedure required by law is not obstruction of justice and he was forced to release her 20 minutes later.
Wubbels said in an interview after the incident, "I just feel betrayed, I feel angry. I feel a lot of things. And I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing. But blood is your blood. That’s your property. And when a patient comes in in a critical state, that blood is extremely important and I don’t take it lightly." It is a relief to know that health care workers like Wubbels are willing to stand up for patient rights when you are unable to do so.
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While it is likely 99.99% of the 900,000 USA Police Officers did their jobs properly yesterday, it is clear Det. Payne did not.
Which do you think we will here more about in the coming days, the 99.999%, the 140+ killed in the line of duty each year, or Det. Payne?
With that said, Det. Payne's career dissipation light went solid RED.
Now an already under funded Police Dept is facing a massive Lawsuit.
However, there is a dual question I have, that was not answered in the article.
WHY did he go off?
Was due the nature of the accident and who and/or what it involved? Because you don't make Det. being a loose cannon — N2N
Some additional info from "The Sun" newspaper. Which tells a deeper story of this incident.
The driver that the officer wanted blood drawn from, was a VICTIM, not a suspect.
According to "The Sun" in England.
The police were chasing another driver that hit the big rig head on. His big rig fuel tank ruptured and burst into flames. The Truck Driver the (victim) was taken to the Hospital and was quickly sedated due to burns, extreme pain and serious injuries.
This was NOT, according to The Sun media, even about drawing blood from a criminal that was being chased.
The Officer is now likely not just facing a lawsuit but possible criminal actions as well. - n2n