Utah nurse arrested by police reaches $500K settlement

The Utah nurse who was arrested over the summer for not allowing an officer to draw a blood sample from a patient has reached a $500,000 settlement, according to The Associated Press.

An attorney for Alex Wubbels said that the nurse plans to put a portion of the settlement toward a new initiative to help others pay for video clips from police body cameras, a Fox affiliate in Salt Lake City reported.

Detective Jeff Payne forcefully arrested Wubbels when she followed hospital policy by refusing to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient.


Police opened an internal investigation into the incident after footage of Payne dragging the nurse from the hospital caused an uproar on social media in August.

The patient was later identified as a reserve police officer from Idaho, who was severely injured in a trucking accident. 

Wubbels was not charged in the incident, while Payne was later fired from the police force in October, a decision that he is now challenging in court.

The hospital in Salt Lake City has since barred law enforcement officials from directly interacting with the nursing staff. 

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