Salt Lake City Police fire detective who arrested nurse

By Sam Howard  |  Oct. 10, 2017 at 8:08 PM
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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Salt Lake City Police on Tuesday fired the detective caught on video arresting a nurse who wouldn't let police draw blood from a patient who had been in a car wreck.

In addition to firing Det. Jeffrey Payne, seen dragging nurse Alex Wubbels out of the hospital July 26, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown also demoted Lt. James Tracy, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Tracy was Payne's watch commander the day of the incident, which caused a furor online.

Payne went to the hospital to acquire vials of blood from a patient who had been in a fatal car wreck involving a police chase. The suspect chased by police drove into oncoming traffic and died.

Payne had been on paid administrative leave, KUTV reported, and an internal investigation at the department started the day the encounter took place.

Payne also worked part-time as a paramedic for Gold Cross Ambulance. He was terminated from that job shortly after the incident.

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