The Salt Lake City cop who was caught on video dragging a nurse from a hospital and cuffing her now wants to apologize for his actions, according to a report.
“Jeff would love the chance to sit down and apologize for what happened here,” attorney Greg Skordas said about his client, Detective Jeff Payne, KUTV reported.
“If he could do this over he would do it over differently,” he added. “There is no question that Jeff made a mistake. I can understand the public being upset this was a troubling event.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Payne was previously reprimanded for sexually harassing a female co-worker, according to police documents.
According to an internal affairs probe, Payne harassed a department employee in a “severe and persistent” way in 2013. It included unwanted physical contact and a disparaging email, according to the records.
Payne also faced a vehicle-chase complaint from the Utah Highway Patrol in 1995 that resulted in a two-week suspension without pay, records show.
The documents didn’t detail the complaint but said he violated the police code of ethics on cooperation with officers and courtesy toward other law enforcement agencies.
Alex Wubbels displays video frame grabs of herself being taken into custody.AP
Skordas said Payne’s reprimand was a problem, but noted it was only part of Payne’s 27-year decorated record with the department.
He also said there was more to the nurse’s arrest story than meets the eye.
“There is the side of this that Jeff would like to tell at some point and I think that will happen,” Skordas said, KUTV reported. “I think he would love the chance to talk to people about what happened and why it happened and how he would do it differently.”
The July 26 incident began with a head-on collision with a semi truck during a police pursuit.
Logan police told Payne to get a blood sample from the unconscious driver at the University of Utah as part of a law that requires commercial drivers to give blood samples after traffic accidents, Skordas said.
“[Payne] believed at the time he was following a direct order,” Skordas said.
Nurse Alex Wubbels refused to allow Payne to get a sample because he didn’t have a warrant or permission from the patient. That’s when the detective took matters into his own hands and arrested Wubbels.
Salt Lake City police apologized for the arrest, changed their blood-draw policies and placed Payne and police supervisor Lt. James Tracy on paid administrative leave.
Police Chief Mike Brown is weighing possible punishment that could include firing after an internal probe found evidence that the officers violated several policies.
The FBI also is examining whether Payne — who has been fired from his part-time job as an ambulance driver — violated federal laws.
The hospital has imposed new restrictions on law enforcement, including no longer allowing cops to interact with nurses.
Wubbels hasn’t sued the city, but her attorney Karra Porter has said that could change.
With Post wires