Utah police reveal patient defended by 'heroic' nurse was an officer

Randolph Lopez
September 4, 2017

Body camera footage of her confrontation shows the former athlete screaming after Detective Jeff Payne targeted her for refusing to draw blood from a vehicle accident victim who could not give consent.

The University of Utah, where Wubbels' hospital is located, said they supported the nurse and "her decision to focus first and foremost on the care and well-being of her patient".

She says a police officer wanted to draw blood from a patient involved in a fatal accident.

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

Wubbels cited hospital policy in the video - showing Payne a printout of the rules just before he abruptly arrests her - but her actions also were in line with a decision by the US Supreme Court, which explicitly ruled past year that blood can be drawn from drivers only for probable cause, with a warrant.

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Payne, who grew increasingly impatient in the video, snapped. "And it's not what we were hearing in the video", Porter said. We're done. You're under arrest.

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Payne is then shown dragging nurse Wubbels from the hospital and handcuffing her after she refused to allow blood to be drawn from the unconscious patient.

The Salt Lake City police chief and mayor apologized and changed department policies in line with the guidance Wubbels were adhering to in the July 26 incident.

The nurse and her lawyer released the body camera footage to the public after they received lukewarm responses from the city and the police department following the incident.

An internal affairs investigation into the detective who handcuffed her, Detective Jeff Payne, is ongoing. "It's your property", she said. And the patient wasn't conscious, so he couldn't give consent.

Sgt. Brandon Shearer of Salt Lake City Police called the video alarming.

Now ABC News reports that Payne has been put on paid administrative leave. "I am sad at the rift this has caused between law-enforcement and the nurses we work so closely with", Brown said, promising that his department would take steps to "ensure this will never happen again".

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