Police Drag Nurse Outside As She Cries 'I Did Nothing Wrong!'

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As the head nurse at Utah University Hospital's burn unit, it's Alex Wubbels's job to make sure hospital protocol and the rule of law is always followed on her watch.

She told the officer a patient was required to give consent for a blood sample or be under arrest. That set off Payne, who then places Wubbels in handcuffs and leads her out of the hospital as the woman shrieks in agony. "Please sir, you are hurting me", Wubbels says as he puts handcuffs on her.

Alex Wubbels showed the video during a Thursday press conference in an effort to show the public what she went through on July 26 after University of Utah Hospital's policies prevented her from following Detective Jeff Payne's orders, Deseret News reports.

Payne then arrests Wubbels for "interfering with a criminal investigation".

A nurse in Utah was forcibly arrested after she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient, screaming "I've done nothing wrong" as an officer dragged her out of a hospital. Police were looking to see if the injured driver had any illegal substances in their system at the time.

The hospital policy, in accordance with Utah law, is that blood can not be drawn unless a patient is under arrest, or there is a warrant allowing the draw, or the patient consents.

He is seen pulling her arms behind her and places handcuffs around her wrists before yanking her to the back of the patrol vehicle.

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According to Wubbels, she was taken out to the police cruiser and held for over twenty minutes before she was finally released.

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.

The video was released Thursday and has since gained national attention, prompting a joint news conference Friday with the city's mayor and police chief. I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse. "This is something that you guys agreed to with this hospital", Wubbels said to the officer.

"I just feel betrayed, I feel angry", Wubbels said.

Karra Porter, Wubbels' attorney, said the incident was unlawful. She told the Tribune that she'd heard of other health care workers being bullied by police and noted that her video proves there is a major problem. He remains on modified duty and is not working in the field, Brown said, pending the results of an internal investigation that was started within 12 hours of the incident. "And it's not what we were hearing in the video", she said.

He says the department has taken steps to ensure it won't happen again.

The truck driver was comatose and sedated when he arrived at the hospital.