Police arrest nurse who refused to draw blood

Kristopher Drake
September 4, 2017

The policeman then dragged Wobels to the exit of the hospital and the nurse was driven and stayed for about twenty minutes in a police vehicle before being released after a staff member of the medical center's command, according to a spokesman for the institute, Susan Winchester.

Wubbels says Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne lost his temper when she refused to carry out the procedure.

Ms Wubbels told officers "I'm just trying to do what I'm supposed to do".

Wubbels has since spoken out about the arrest, which took place at the end of July, telling the Associated Press: 'This cop bullied me.

In the video, Wubbels explained that she couldn't draw blood from her patient unless he was under arrest, consented to the blood-draw or the officer had a warrant.

A USA 2016 Supreme Court ruling affirmed that a blood sample can not be taken from a patient by police without consent or a warrant. The officers didn't have either.

The Utah Nurses Association said in a statement that it was "deeply disturbed" by the video and encouraged people to watch it. Payne can later be heard discussing his other job as an ambulance driver, threatening to take all of the "good" patients to other hospitals following Wubbel's conduct.

Nurse Alexandra Wubbels at the burn unit of the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City was approached by city Police Det.


A nurse in the USA state of Utah was forcibly arrested by a police officer last month for refusing to allow him to obtain a sample of an unconscious patient's blood because he had neither a warrant nor the patient's consent.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski said there will be a criminal investigation by the Salt Lake City police department and the district attorney.

"The Rigby Police Department would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the involved agencies, and trusts that this unfortunate incident will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate action will be taken", Tower said in the statement.

The union also cited a US Supreme Court ruling in 2016, which affirms that a blood sample can not be taken without patient consent or a warrant.

The patient that officers wanted blood from was William Gray, a truck driver who was hit while driver Marco Torres, who died in the crash, was fleeing from police.

She also said she was looking forward to working with them to promote civil dialogue and education. Although the incident happened last month, he was only placed on administrative leave on Friday.

The incident in late July started when Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne requested a sample from an unconscious patient.

"There's a strong bond between fire, police and nurses because they all work together to help save lives, and this caused an unfortunate rift that we are hoping to fix immediately", Judd said.

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