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Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne is a detective serving the Salt Lake City corporation.


Payne attended Weber State University. He was a paramedic, studying emergency medicine. When he is goes to duty, he transports patients to nearby hospitals.

In the Media

[Raw Footage] 18-minute video of Jeff Payne arresting nurse Alex Wubbels for not allowing blood drawn without a warrant

[Raw Footage] 18-minute video of Jeff Payne arresting nurse Alex Wubbels for not allowing blood drawn without a warrant

Clip of the assault

Clip of the assault

On August 31, 2017, surveillance and body cam video was released of Detective Payne forcibly arresting a nurse, Alex Wubbels, at the University of Utah hospital after she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient. [1] The incident occurred on July 26, 2017. [1]

According to Wubbels, Detective Jeff Payne needed either a search warrant, the patient's consent or the arrest of said patient. Many social media users and news commentators criticized Detective Jeff Payne for Alex Wubbels' arrest. Some have alluded to a Supreme Court ruling Birchfield v. North Dakota , where Justice Samuel Alito deemed it unconstitutional to require drunk drivers to submit to a blood test without a warrant.

Payne’s report identifies the patient as 43-year-old William Gray, a reserve officer in the Rigby, Idaho, Police Department, who suffered burns during a July 26 crash in Cache County.

The National Nurses United called the incident a disgraceful and outrageous act of violence for the officer to drag the screaming nurse out of the hospital in handcuffs.


Video of the fiery crash in question

Video of the fiery crash in question

Payne has been suspended from the department’s blood-draw unit, but remains on duty as a detective in investigations amid reviews by the department and a civilian review board.

The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake is conducting an independent investigation into whether any criminal acts occurred. Payne has also been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Salt Lake City police chief, Mike Brown, and mayor have apologized and changed department policies in line with the guidance Wubbels was adhering to in the July 26, 2017 incident.

On September 1, 2017, prosecutors announced a criminal investigation into the incident.

A second officer was also placed on administrative leave.

Officer Payne stated he was following the orders of Lieutenant James Tracy, who told Payne to arrest Wubbels if she continued to refuse him to get the blood sample.

On September 5, 2017, Payne was fired from his part-time position at Gold Cross Ambulance.

On September 8, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that it is examining whether federal laws were violated during the incident.


Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comVideo: Footage of the incident released by the Salt Lake Tribune
Sep 1, 2017, 4:30 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comClip of the assault
Sep 1, 2017, 5:21 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comScreenshots from the arrest of Alex Wubbels
Sep 1, 2017, 5:24 PM
Citation Linkyoutu.beVideo of the fiery crash in question
Sep 1, 2017, 5:40 PM
Citation Linktheblaze.comArticle claims Jeff Payne arrest Alex Wubbels was unconstitutional (via TheBlaze)
Sep 1, 2017, 7:39 PM
Citation Linksupremecourt.govBirchfield v. North Dakota(Supreme Court decision)
Sep 1, 2017, 7:43 PM
Citation Linkwashingtonpost.comThe Latest: Nurses slam ‘violent’ Utah officer in arrest
Sep 1, 2017, 7:58 PM
Citation Linkbusinessinsider.comFBI probing Utah cop who arrested nurse for refusing to draw blood
Sep 9, 2017, 12:47 AM
Citation Linkfoxnews.com2nd Utah police officer put on administrative duty over nurse arrest
Sep 3, 2017, 10:20 AM
Citation Linkapnews.comNurse in Utah hospital arrest video: ‘This cop bullied me’
Sep 1, 2017, 9:22 PM
Citation Linkcbsnews.comSecond officer placed on leave over Utah nurse arrest video
Sep 3, 2017, 10:24 AM
Citation Linknbcnews.comUtah Nurse Arrested for Refusing to Give Patient’s Blood to Police
Sep 1, 2017, 11:42 PM
Citation Linkyoutu.beDetective Assaults Nurse For Refusing To Take Blood From Unconscious Crash Victim.
Sep 5, 2017, 6:35 PM
Citation Linkwashingtonpost.com‘This is crazy,’ sobs Utah hospital nurse as cop roughs her up, arrests her for doing her job
Sep 1, 2017, 4:29 PM
Citation Linksltrib.comVideo shows Utah nurse screaming, being dragged into police car after refusing to let officer take blood from unconscious victim
Sep 1, 2017, 4:35 PM
Citation Linkyoutube.comExcerpts from Detective Jeff Payne's body camera as he discusses his arrest of Alex Wubbels (via Salt Lake Tribune)
Sep 2, 2017, 5:46 AM
Citation Linklinkedin.comJeff Payne on LinkedIn
Sep 1, 2017, 4:37 PM
Citation Linkksl.comDetective in nurse video fired from job
Sep 5, 2017, 10:40 PM
Citation Linkyoutu.beA YouTube'clone' video of the arrest
Sep 1, 2017, 5:26 PM
Citation Linkheavy.comArticle on Jeff Payne's life
Sep 1, 2017, 5:42 PM