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The head nurse at the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit is arrested after she told a Salt Lake City police detective he BY LAW couldn’t draw blood from an unconscious patient. 

So let’s get some things clear here…

  1. The detective didn’t have a warrant.
  2. The patient wasn’t conscious, so that patient couldn’t even give consent.
  3. Without consent – explained in #2 – the detective cannot collect blood samples — not just by hospital policy, but by basic constitutional law.

Unfortunately, Detective Jeff Payne thought it was by HIS authority that he could take the patient’s blood, telling the nurse that if she didn’t, she would be arrested and charged.

That’s when Nurse Alex Wubbels politely stood her ground, and did what any normal person would do – got her supervisor on the phone. Despite Detective Payne hearing the decision loud and clear, he even disregarded what the supervisor told him saying:

“Sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”

And that’s when $h*t hit the fan!!!

Payne snapped, grabbed the nurse, shoved her out of the building, and cuffed her hands behind her back, all in front of her colleagues! Wubbels you can see by the police bodycam footage is in complete shock saying, “help me” and “you’re assaulting me.” But the detective forces her into his car, accusing her of interfering with his investigation.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Friday that he wanted a criminal investigation into what happened, and both the Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Police Chief Mike Brown apologized to the nurse in a statement (see below).

Was the nurse right?

YES… Wubbels was right! The U.S. Supreme Court has explicitly ruled that blood can only be drawn from drivers for probable cause, with a warrant.

Wubbels was not criminally charged, but played the footage at a news conference Thursday with her attorney, calling on police to rethink the way they treat hospital workers, and the kicker… Wubbles says she not ruled out legal action saying:

“I just feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things, and I’m still confused.”

Friday, Salt Lake police spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer initially told local media Payne and another unnamed officer had been placed on administrative leave.

So what about the unconscious patient in question? What happened to him?

This whole thing went down after one suspect speed away from police in a pickup truck on a local highway, and smashed head-on into a truck driver. Medics sedated the truck driver, who was severely burned, and took him to the University of Utah Hospital. According to the Deseret News, the truck driver arrived in a comatose state, while the other suspect in the pickup truck died in the crash.

A neighboring police department sent Payne, a trained police phlebotomist, to collect blood from the patient and check for illicit substances, to reportedly protect the trucker, who was not suspected of a crime. According to the Tribune, his lieutenant ordered him to arrest Wubbels if she refused to let him draw a sample.

A The 19-minute video from the body camera of a fellow officer shows the argument and how it all unfolded on the floor of the hospital’s burn unit, with things getting especially rough around the 6-minute mark.

 

In a news conference Thursday, Wubbels’s attorney Karra Porter said Payne believed he was authorized to collect the blood under “implied consent,” but Porter said the “implied consent” law changed in Utah a decade ago. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that warrantless blood tests were illegal, thus calling Wubbels’s arrest unlawful saying:

“The law is well-established. And it’s not what we were hearing in the video. I don’t know what was driving this situation.”

Wubbels has worked as a nurse at the hospital since 2009, but before that, she was an Alpine skier who competed under her maiden name in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics! She says above all, it’s her job to keep her patients safe saying:

“A blood draw, it just gets thrown around like it’s some simple thing. But your blood is your blood. That’s your property. I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse. If that’s not something that’s going to happen and there is refusal to acknowledge the need for growth and the need for re-education, then we will likely be forced to take that type of step. But people need to know that this is out there.”

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