Utah nurse at center of controversial arrest announces $500K settlement

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – There will not be a lawsuit in the case of a controversial arrest of an on-duty University of Utah hospital nurse.

Nurse Alex Wubbels and her attorney announced she will accept $500,000 from Salt Lake City.

Wubbels and her attorneys held a news conference outside the Salt Lake City Police Department Tuesday to make the announcement. 

This all began on July 26, when Detective Jeff Payne wanted a blood sample from an unconscious crash victim at the University of Utah Hospital. Citing the law and hospital police, Nurse Wubbels refused to draw blood from the patient and eventually Detective Payne roughly took her outside to his patrol car and handcuffed her.

The entire incident was captured on police body cameras and hospital surveillance cameras and the video has gone viral worldwide. Since then, Detective Payne was fired from the department and the supervisor on scene, Lt. James Tracy was demoted to officer.

The hospital changed its policy, so that officers no longer deal directly with nurses. Tuesday, Wubbel’s attorney Kara Porter would not say exactly how they reached that figure of $500,000.

"I'm obviously very grateful would be the best word for it. Again, this landed in my lap I didn't seek this out. I didn't seek out the last four months I've had to accommodate this amount of time. I've been at work pretty much full time since two weeks after the incident,” said Wubbels.

Wubbels says she will use part of her settlement for a program to increase access to police body camera video.

Watch announcement outside of Salt Lake City Police Department


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