The detective at the heart of a national uproar concerning the arrest of a Utah hospital nurse is being forced out of his part-time job.
Salt Lake City detective Jeff Payne was fired from his job as a paramedic with Gold Cross Ambulance yesterday. The company's president said they had no issues with Payne during his nearly 30 years of service. But Payne was heard on body cam video saying he would punish the University of Utah Hospital by taking "good patients elsewhere" during the July arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels.
She was arrested after refusing to draw blood from a patient who was injured by another driver during a police chase. She told the officer that she would be violating hospital rules. The ambulance company said they took Payne's comments seriously and noted he ”violated several company policies and left a poor image of the company,” so felt the best thing was to let Payne go.
Source: Salt Lake City Tribune