Police in Utah on Friday revealed that the unconscious patient whose blood a nurse refused to let a police officer draw without consent or a warrant was, in fact, an officer himself.
University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels was placed under arrest by Officer Jeff Payne for refusing to draw the blood of the patient, identified later as Rigby Police Department reserve officer William Gray, who had been “severely injured” in an accident during his full-time truck-driving job.
Video shared by The Salt Lake Tribune shows Wubbels being arrested, handcuffed and dragged to a squad car after correctly telling Payne she was not allowed to draw the blood without consent or a warrant.
“The Rigby Police Department would like to thank the nurse involved and hospital staff for standing firm, and protecting Officer Gray’s rights as a patient and victim. Protecting the rights of others is truly a heroic act,” the department said in a statement on Facebook.
“The suspect in this incident was fleeing from Utah State Highway Patrol, when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head on with Gray’s truck, severely injuring Gray, and killing himself. Officer Gray was flown to the University of Utah’s burn unit where he remains under their watchful, professional, and competent care,” the post added.
Salt Lake City’s mayor and police chief on Friday apologized after footage went viral.
Wubbels has since spoken out about the arrest, which took place at the end of July, telling the AP: ‘This cop bullied me. He bullied me to the utmost extreme and nobody stood in his way.”
Wubbels has not been charged and police have opened an internal investigation.