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A Utah police department is making changes after an officer dragged a screaming nurse out of a hospital in handcuffs when she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient.

Salt Lake City Police Detective Jeff Payne reportedly asked the nurse, Alex Wubbels, for the blood sample of a driver involved in a fiery vehicle crash from late July, according to Deseret News.

"I just feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things", Wubbels said. The fleeing motorist died in the collision.

University Hospital's policy states blood can not be drawn from an unconscious patient unless they have been arrested, a warrant for the procedure is granted, or the patient consents, the Tribune reported. She continues to ask Payne to stop and told him "you're assaulting me" and cry for help as Payne handcuffed her and put her in an unmarked police vehicle.

After that explanation and while she's still on the phone with a supervisor, Payne made the arrest for obstructing justice.

"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. Charges were never filed against her.

Wubbels says the outpouring of support she's received since releasing dramatic video of the exchange was beyond what she could have imagined.

He is seen pulling her arms behind her and places handcuffs around her wrists before yanking her to the back of the patrol auto. However, police still wanted his blood. He was also unconscious and unable to give consent for a blood draw.

Salt Lake police spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer told local media that Payne had been suspended from the department's blood draw unit but remained on active duty. "I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse", she told Deseret News. Vials of his blood were needed as part of the investigation to determine whether the patient had illicit substances in his system at the time of the crash, according to a written report obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune. And 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.

So a nurse simply tried to do her job correctly, and because an officer wasn't up to date with policy, she was roughed up and handcuffed.

"The law is well-established. She just couldn't believe this could happen", Porter said. "But people need to know that this is out there".

For standing up to this bully cop, Wubbels, who competed on the 1998 and 2002 American Winter Olympics team and has no criminal record, deserves commendation.


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