Cop Who Arrested Nurse Fired From Paramedic Job

Jeff Payne 'violated several company policies'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2017 1:32 AM CDT
Nurse Alex Wubbels, right, displays video frame grabs of herself being taken into custody while her attorney looks on during an interview.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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(Newser) – The Salt Lake City police detective who arrested a nurse for simply doing her job has been fired from his other job. Mike Moffitt, president of Gold Cross Ambulance, says Jeff Payne has been fired from his part-time paramedic job because his actions "violated several company policies and left a poor image of the company," the Salt Lake Tribune reports. In video of the July 26 incident at the University of Utah Hospital, Payne wonders how the dispute with nurse Alex Wubbels might affect his position at Gold Cross. He also threatens to use his paramedic job to take revenge on the hospital. "I'll bring them all the transients and take good patients elsewhere," Payne says to another officer.

"We take his inappropriate remarks regarding patient transports seriously," the company said in a statement Tuesday. Payne started as a full-time EMT at Gold Cross in 1983. He was later promoted to paramedic, and continued in the role-part time after becoming a police officer. Moffitt says Gold Cross, which received threatening phone calls after footage of the arrest was released, never had any complaints about Payne during his years with the company, Fox 13 reports. Payne—who arrested nurse Alex Wubbels after she refused to let him take blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant or consent—has been placed on administrative leave by police, who are investigating the incident. (Read more Utah stories.)

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