Patient From Viral Nurse Video Is A Police Officer

In what will no doubt be the most ironic piece of news you will hear today, the patient whose blood a nurse refused to let a police officer draw without consent was, in fact, an officer himself.

Footage of the incident, in which University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels was placed under arrest by Officer Jeff Payne for refusing to draw the blood of an unconscious patient who had been in a car accident, went viral last week.

But since the footage went viral, it has emerged that the patient whose blood Officer Payne was intent on drawing was also a member of law enforcement, Officer William Gray of Rigby Police Department.

Posting on its Facebook page, Rigby Police Department issued an open thank you to nurse Wubbels for protecting their officer.

“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’s post said.

The department also explained how Gray came to be in the hospital, stating: “On July 26th of this year, one of our reserve officers, William Gray was the victim in a horrific accident in northern Utah while working his full-time job as a truck driver.”


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  1. K Morgan

    Thats all fine and dandy…we want to know what will happen to the shitbag that was on a power trip. Not hating on cops as 99 percent are upstanding gentlemen….it only takes one or two to smear the reputation of the rest.

    • LegalBeagle

      The law is a lot more complex that it has been portrayed in this situation. Under Federal law, which trumps the state laws in question, the testing was mandatory even though the officer/driver was not even arguably at fault. The federal regs applicable under the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations also make this the only time in which an LE driven test is acceptable for the employer’s mandate. Lots of blame to go around, but the hospital policy was no more correct than the police department’s, and will NEVER control in the face of a legal duty. I’m going to bet that the PD had no idea that such was the law, either – it’s pretty arcane unless one is involved in the motor carrier industry or has other reason to know that. (AND, the case law that applies to testing of most people for impairment as part of a prosecution is not on point; the drug testing stuff for transportation workers is covered by a case from 30 years ago.)

      Having dealt with both LE agencies and hospitals when it comes to policy development and the legal research that must underly it, the reality is going be ugly. Pretty high level people at both entities need to be disciplined, and brutally. Both the nurse and the detective were set up to fail.

      • K Morgan

        law can be written and interpreted in many ways….however there has never been a law passed that says you have to endanger yourself to make a LEO happy. drawing blood is a dangerous business. My Ex wife drew blood from a HIV/hepatitus positive scum bag back in the day…and during her drug induced struggles my wife actually pricked her own hand with the sharps in the struggle. she had to get blood tested on a very regular basis for many years after that incident. so any good lawyer could shred this “LAW” it might be the law that they have to be tested, but I guarantee that it does not say that they will arrest any doctor or nurse that does not perform it…

        • LegalBeagle

          I doubt that there is a basis for arresting her; there are ample signs that the detective was a buffoon. All I am pointing out is that the facts are a lot more complex than portrayed, and that the law is not as clear as has been claimed.

          • K Morgan

            fair enough, sorry I was a bit testy yesterday when I typed that.

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