Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Utah fast-food worker accused of slipping meth into cop's drink
A Subway restaurant employee in Utah was arrested over allegations that he put chemicals into a drink ordered by a police sergeant. Authorities said the drink tested positive for THC and methamphetamine.
Tanis Lloyd Ukena, 18, was arrested Monday after Layton, Utah, police obtained surveillance footage from a Subway restaurant that showed him allegedly adding chemicals into a police sergeant's lemonade order, according to reports. Ukena was placed in the Davis County Jail for investigation of surreptitious administration of a substance, which is a second-degree felony.
The unidentified sergeant had stopped at the Subway for lunch. As he was driving away, he found that his drink "tasted funny,"according to KSL-TV, and that he was unable to brake properly at a stop light.
"While approaching an intersection that had a red light, he had difficulty getting his foot to move to the brake pedal,"according to a jail report. "(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."
He was able to drive safely to a police station, then was taken to a nearby hospital. Authorities told KSTU that the drink tested positive for methamphetamine and THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
"The suspect was seen taking the sergeant's order, filling his drink," Layton Police Sgt. Clint Bobrowski said, according to KSTU. "The suspect left the sergeant`s drink on the counter and left the picture frame. In the video you can see him returning with something in his hand and then leaning over the sergeant`s drink for an unusual amount of time. The suspect then provide the sergeant with the drink."
Ukena "denied putting anything into the drink," the jail report says.
Bobrowski said the sergeant was in his police uniform and inside a police vehicle when he made the order. Though they believe he was targeted for being an officer, "we don't know for sure," Bobrowski said.
"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.
The officer has been released from the hospital and is resting at home, Bobrowski said, adding he should be able to return to work soon.
The owners of the Layton Subway referred questions to the chain restaurant's corporate office, KSL-TV reported. Bobrowski said the Subway location had been "fully cooperative with our police department" and that the incident is "in no way … a reflection on the ownership of the restaurant."