A subway employee in Utah has been arrested after being accused of lacing a police officer's drink with illegal narcotics. The suspect, 18-year-old Tanis Lloyd Ukena, was caught on tape spending an "unusual amount of time" preparing a Layton police sergeant's drink earlier this month.
According to the Davis County Jail report, "In the video, [Ukena] is seen filling the drink portion of the order at the drive-up fountain area. 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."
The report also reveals that the sergeant's drink was spiked with methamphetamine and THC. The sergeant noticed that the drink "tasted funny," but didn't think much of it.
"The [sergeant] began feeling the effects of being drugged," says the report. "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."
The officer was taken to a local hospital and a police source confirmed that he was in uniform at the time. Investigators believe that he was targeted because he was a police 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," said Layton Police Sergeant Clint Bobrowski.
Bobrowski also elaborated on the sergeant's condition, "He would have thoughts, but his body wouldn’t react to it, 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."
Fortunately, the officer in question has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Ukena has admitted that he did take the sergeant's order, but has denied tampering with the drink. An ion scanner test conducted by the Layton police, however, indicated the presence of meth and THC in the officer's drink, and these results were confirmed by a second test as well.
Ukena was booked into Davis County Jail, and faces charges of surreptitious administration of a substance, which is a second-degree felony.
Sergeant Bobrowski said, "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. 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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