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After a July 26th collision in northern Utah left one driver dead, police arrived at University Hospital to take a blood sample from the surviving driver who was a victim in the accident and badly burned. When nurse Alex Wubbels informed the officers that hospital policy wouldn’t allow them to take blood from an unconscious patient- something she had consulted with multiple hospital administrators about- she was arrested.

That’s right.

Wubbels calmly and plainly explained the circumstances under which someone might take a sample, Detective Jeff Payne agreed that he hadn’t met ANY of the requirements but insisted that he had the authority to obtain the draw and if she prevented him, he would arrest her for interfering in a criminal case. 1


Watch for yourself:

Wubbels is now suing and there is an ongoing internal investigation into the incident.

“In a written report, Payne said he was responding to a request from Logan police to get the blood sample, to determine whether the patient had illicit substances in his system at the time of the crash. Payne explained the ‘exigent circumstances and implied consent law’ to Wubbels, but, according to his report, she said ‘her policies won’t allow me to obtain the blood sample without a warrant.’” 2


You can watch the entire 18-minute video below:

Payne says he wanted the blood sample to protect the patient, 43-year-old William Gray, a reserve officer in the Rigby, Idaho, Police Department (Gray is a truck driver when he’s not serving as an officer).

Earlier that day at around 2 p.m., Gray was driving his semi when Marcos Torres, who was fleeing from the Utah Highway Patrol, crashed his pickup truck head-on into him. The crash caused an explosion and fire, including Gray.

Torres died at the scene.


Gray is now listed in serious condition at University Hospital.
We will watch this story and update you as more info becomes available. UPDATE: Payne is now on paid administrative leave and local SLC Utah TV news station reports he could face criminal charges!

Sources and References

  1. Salt Lake Tribune, August 31, 2017.
  2. Salt Lake Tribune, August 31, 2017.