A Utah police Sergeant was hospitalized after a Subway worker put drugs in his drink.
According to KSL, 18-year-old Tanis Lloyd Ukena was arrested Monday evening for investigation of surreptitious administration of a substance, which is a second-degree felony if convicted.
Ukena placed methamphetamine and THC into the sergeant’s cup during a Monday afternoon drive-through transaction.
“In the [security] video, (Ukena) is seen filling the drink portion of the order at the drive-up fountain area,” a police report states. “For some unknown reason, he walks away from the fountain machine out of camera view. He then returns to the drink where he is seen spending what seems to be an unusual amount of time getting it ready to deliver to the Sergeant.”
After taking a few sips of his drink, the Sergeant reported that his drink “tasted funny.”
“The (Sergeant) began feeling the effects of being drugged,” the report says. “While approaching an intersection that had a red light, he had difficulty getting his foot to move to the brake pedal. (He) drove to the Layton Police Department, where he was observed to have signs of impairment. He was unable to process information and drifted off, and was unable to focus on questions being asked of him.”
Layton PD Sergeant Clint Bobrowski said the unnamed Sergeant was in uniform and cruiser at the time of the incident and that it is still not fully clear whether or not he was targeted because he was an officer.
“I know that the community here in Utah is overwhelmingly supportive of law enforcement, and we’ve experienced that over the last couple of months. … I think this is a very isolated incident,” he said.
Bobrowski said the Sergeant was unable to control his body.
“He would have thoughts, but his body wouldn’t react to it,” he said. “So if he was trying to move his arm, his arm wouldn’t move when he thought it should. He was having a hard time maintaining his focus. He was having a hard time maintaining his body. His body was jerking. And for a trained police officer watching him, it was everything I’ve seen in people who abuse illegal narcotics.”
LPD states that meth and THC were in a sample of the drink Ukena filled.
Bobrowsky said Ukena’s crimes should not stop people from going to the Subway he worked at.
“We’ve been grateful for the owners and the managers of the Subway restaurant,” he said. “In no way is this a reflection on the ownership of the restaurant. They’ve been fully cooperative with our police department. We don’t have any fears for the safety of the public. They’ve been great dealing with us, and we would definitely encourage people that eat there to continue to do so.”
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