Nurse Alex Wubbels is arrested by Salt Lake City cop Jeff Payne.
Nurse Alex Wubbels is arrested by Salt Lake City cop Jeff Payne.

Outrage over Utah nurse's heavy-handed arrest

A DETECTIVE in the US may face criminal charges for arresting a nurse after her refusal to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient.

Alex Wubbels told police officer Jeff Payne she could not comply with his order to take blood from the victim of a crash because he could not consent, and the officer had failed to produce a warrant.

Footage from Mr Payne's body camera shows him threaten Ms Wubbels with jail unless she gives into his demand, despite her bosses having confirmed the policy while he listens in.

Ms Wubbels, a former alpine skiier who competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, stands her ground and the video moments later shows her being dragged from the hospital to a police car, screaming: "Somebody help me! Stop! I did nothing wrong! This is crazy. This is crazy. Why is he so angry?”

She added: "I did nothing wrong! This is unnecessary.”

Ms Wubbels was held in the car for 20 minutes in the stand-off on July 26 but later released without charge.

The video of the fracas in University of Utah Medical Centre in Salt Lake City has triggered public outrage, with prosecutors calling for a criminal investigation, and Detective Payne and a second policeman being put on paid leave.

Ms Wubbels has insisted she will not press charges but released the video of her wrongful arrest in the hope it will change how police officers act in future.

She said: "This cop bullied me. He bullied me to the utmost extreme. And nobody stood in his way.”

Police chief Mike Brown apologised to Ms Wubbels and supported the District Attorney calls for a criminal investigation.

Jeff Farrell, of The Independent



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