Utah Officer Fired for Arresting Nurse

Utah police authorities say a police officer who was caught on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw without a warrant has been fired.

A Salt Lake City Police spokesman said Chief Mike Brown made the decision Tuesday following an investigation into Detective Jeff Payne, who made the arrest that became a national story about police using unwarranted force.

According to the Post Register, body-camera video showed nurse Alex Wubbels explaining hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient injured in a July 26 car crash. Payne had neither but insisted. The dispute ended with him dragging Wubbels outside as she screamed she had done nothing wrong.

The story took a regional turn when the the patient that Payne insisted retrieving the blood draw from was William Gray of Rigby who was injured in a collision in northern Utah. Both Gray and the other driver died from their injuries.

 

Payne’s lawyer, Greg Skordas, has pointed to the officer’s decorated 27-year history and questioned whether his behavior warranted termination.