Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Utah Officer on Leave After Arresting Nurse Who Did Her Job

Utah Officer on Leave After Arresting Nurse Who Did Her Job

Wubbels and her attorney chose to release footage of the arrest now because after meeting with the city and with police they believed it was necessary to prevent another incident.

Payne then arrests Wubbels for "interfering with a criminal investigation". Wubbles on Friday told Associated Press,"This cop bullied me".

Ms Wubbels told officers "I'm just trying to do what I'm supposed to do". "And nobody stood in his way". Wubbles explained hospital polices wouldn't allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient without a warrant or notice from a judge.

Police wanted the blood after a fiery crash caused by a auto fleeing police and traveling in the wrong direction sent another semi-truck driver to the hospital. When the pickup driver hit the semi, it immediately burst into flames.

"No, we're done", he said. "You're under arrest, we're going".

Police body-cam video of the arrest is getting national attention. In an arrest report, Payne wrote that he had "implied consent" to allow the draw, a police tactic to get around warrants ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court in 2016.

From there, the standoff between the nurse and detective turned violent.

When Wubbels repeated the policy to the detective, he then grabbed her and said she was under arrest. As for Wubbels, she has not taken legal action against the department just yet, but says she is, however, sharing her story in hopes that it will shine a light on the need for better relationships between medical professionals and police officers.

"I extend a personal apology to Ms Wubbels for what she has been through for simply doing her job", she said on Friday. The crash left a suspect that was fleeing police dead, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

"This has upended her worldview in a way".

Wubbels appeared at a press conference August 31 and said she wants people to see what happened so that it doesn't happen again. The hospital said it had also created a new policy with police that would preclude officers from arriving at patient care units in person for blood. The details of the new policy are unclear.

"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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