In the police video of the incident, Detective Jeff Payne handcuffed Wubbels and placed her in a police car when she refused to allow officers to obtain a blood sample from a crash victim at the hospital without a warrant. Wubbels screamed for him to stop as he forced her out of the door and dragged her to a police car.
Last month, an internal investigation found that Payne and his watch commander Lt. James Tracey violated policies when they arrested the nurse.
Payne’s attorney said the Salt Lake City Police Department dismissed his client and demoted Tracey to the rank of officer.
Police Chief Mike Brown notified Payne of the termination in a letter, attorney Greg Skorda said.
The police department declined to comment on the disciplinary action, but Salt Lake City’s mayor applauded the firing.
“The decision … is in keeping with the high level of …