By: Kyle James | 09-02-2017 | News
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Salt Lake City Mayor And Police Chief Apologize For Unlawful Arrest Of Nurse

A Salt Lake City police detective, Jeff Payne, was the subject of a controversial video earlier this week when he arrested a nurse while on an angry tirade when she refused to give him a blood sample from an unconscious patient. The hospital procedure and state law prevent the police department from procuring a blood sample from a patient unless 1 of 3 requirements are met. To obtain a blood sample, law enforcement needs either 1) an electronic warrant, 2) the patient is under arrest, or 3) the patient gives consent.

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The patient, in this case, was the victim of a head on collision with a fleeing suspect and was unconscious at the time Detective Payne tried to obtain a sample and therefore could not give consent. William Gray, 43, was driving his semi truck north on State Road 89/91 when a suspect fleeing from the Utah Highway Patrol crashed his pickup head on into Gray's semi causing the two vehicles to explode. The suspect,

Marcos Torres, 26, was killed in the crash but dash cam video shows Gray in flames getting out of the fireball that used to be his semi truck.

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The angry detective Payne was seen on body cam in a stand off with hospital staff when he did not have the required paperwork to legally obtain Gray's blood sample. He flew off the handle and forcefully arrested the nurse he was speaking with, Alex Wubbels. Now, both the Salt Lake City mayor and police chief have apologized for the incident. District Attorney Sim Gill announced today that he wants a full criminal investigation of the detective in the disturbing video.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The footage of Alex Wubbels&#39; arrest is disturbing. We trust that the <a href="">@slcpd</a> will quickly respond and rectify the situation.</p>&mdash; Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) <a href="">September 1, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Police Chief Mike Brown said in his public statement on the matter, "I was alarmed by what I saw in the video with our officer and Ms. [Alex] Wubbels. I am sad at the rift this has caused between law-enforcement and the nurses we work so closely with. I want to be clear, we take this very seriously." District Attorney Gill also made a statement saying in regards to the nurse's actions, "Both Mayor [Jackie] Biskupski and Chief [Mike] Brown agreed that it was appropriate and I thank them for their commitment to transparency and institutional accountability." Salt Lake City Councilman Derek Kitchen said the video "is one of the most disturbing things I've seen in a while." Even the Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, weighed in on the incident through twitter.

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Jayne Marsh No. 7517 2017-09-03 : 12:30

Regarding the violent rage shown by Det. Jeff Payne when nurse Alex Wubbels legally refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient. Was it 'roid rage,' the uncontrollable anger which is often a sign of steroid use? Police are regularly drug tested for recreational drugs. Why are they never tested for steroids?

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