A nurse in Salt Lake City was arrested and immediately released following a situation with the arresting officer. Salt Lake police detective Jeff Payne thought he could just bully his way into getting what he wanted and skip the legal procedure for procuring a blood sample. When the hospital staff refused to bend the law for Payne he flew into a rage and arrested one of the hospital employees that told him he needed the proper paperwork.
Payne lunges toward her unprovoked and chases her around the hospital, even the uniformed officer with Payne tried to calm him down while he attempted to arrest the woman. Alex Wubbels said she couldn't believe what happened. "This is crazy. This is crazy. Why is he so angry?" she can be heard saying on the body cam video released by the Salt Lake City Police Department. Wubbels is clearly distressed and in tears while the officer tries to pry her hands off the hospital walls and put her in his car. The detective had no legal reason to do so since following the proper procedure required by law is not obstruction of justice and he was forced to release her 20 minutes later.
Wubbels said in an interview after the incident, "I just feel betrayed, I feel angry. I feel a lot of things. And I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing. But blood is your blood. That’s your property. And when a patient comes in in a critical state, that blood is extremely important and I don’t take it lightly." It is a relief to know that health care workers like Wubbels are willing to stand up for patient rights when you are unable to do so.
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