Officer Passes Out After Eating At Subway, Then Doctors Tell Him What His Drink Was Laced With
Cailyn Finkel 8/23/2016
An 18-year-old Subway employee, Tanis Ukena, is being accused of surreptitious administering of poisonous substance to a law enforcement officer, according to the Davis County Jail report. He was serving a Layton, Utah police officer through the drive-thru window when cameras caught him taking an unusual amount of time preparing the officer's drink.
The security cameras observed Ukena as he began to fill the plastic cup with the lemonade the officer asked for, but then he's seen walking just out of the camera's frame. Soon he returns and, with his back facing the camera, he takes much longer than expected to finish preparing the drink.
This is when police suspect he spiked the officer's beverage with THC and methamphetamines.
The Layton police officer is then seen driving away from the restaurant where he reportedly began to slurp down the lemonade, totally unaware that the drugs had been placed inside. Within moments of drinking the poisonous concoction, the officer knew something was wrong - he stated the drink "tasted funny" and as he pulled up to a stoplight it was nearly impossible to get his foot on the brake.
The police report explained exactly what happened after the officer ingested the tainted lemonade.
"The [sergeant] began feeling the effects of being drugged. 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."
While at the police station, the officer tested positive for marijuana and meth. The unfinished beverage also tested positive for these substance - and that's when the decision was made to take Ukena into custody.
Due to his physical reaction to the drugs, the officer was transferred to a local hospital where he was closely monitored and treated. He was released once he was nursed back to health with no further complications, and this nightmare will soon be behind him for good.
Despite Ukena's despicable actions, Layton Police Sergeant Clint Bobrowski asserted that he isn't concerned about more attacks against his officers, or the public in general.
"We’ve been grateful for the owners and the managers of the Subway restaurant. 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.... 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."
Even though Ukena denied spiking the officer's lemonade, he was charged with surreptitious administering of poisonous substance, which is a second-degree felony in Utah. Ukena is facing up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if he's found guilty in a court of law.