Disturbing Video Shows Nurse's Arrest in Hospital for Refusing to Give Patient's Blood Sample to Cop
Alex Wubbels, who's also a former Olympian, was taken into custody as she followed hospital policy.
A disturbing video of a nurse being arrested in a Salt Lake City hospital for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient has emerged.
Alex Wubbels was taken into custody after a police detective said she refused to let him take a patient's blood sample on July 26.
The nurse stood her ground, saying what the officer wanted her to do was against hospital policy. However, the cop insistent and his just-released body cam show her getting into handcuffs for saying no.
Wubbels is an Olympic alpine skier, who played for Team USA in the 1998 Nagano games and in Salt Lake City in 2002.
The ugly incident unfolded after a motorist involved in a fiery highway crash was brought to the hospital unconscious.
Detective Jeff Payne wanted to take a blood sample to determine whether the motorist had any illicit substances in his system but the nurse said blood could not be taken from a patient unless he wasa suspect, there was consent or a warrant.
In the police bodycam footage, the nurse is on the phone with her supervisors, double checking, just to make certain she was following hospital policy.
"This is something that you guys agreed to with this hospital,” Wubbles told the cop.
Her supervisor said on speaker phone. "You’re making a huge mistake because you're threatening a nurse."
That's when the detective apparently had enough and placed Wubbels under arrest and hauled her out of the hospital.
Two hospital workers tried to intervene, but backed off when they were also threatened with arrest.
“I’m leaving now — with her — anybody who wants to prevent that, that’s your option,” the cop said. “So, take your hand off her, please.”
She was screaming for help as she was pulled into the back of the cop car where she sat for 20 minutes until her release. No charges were ever filed.
"I feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things,” Wubbels told Inside Edition.
The officer involved remains on duty, however, he has been removed from the blood draw program. Police department officials say an investigation is underway.
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