An employee at a Utah Subway has been arrested following allegations that he deliberately drugged a local police officer. According to reports, 18-year-old Tanis Ukena tampered with the cop’s lemonade, adding methamphetamine and THC to the beverage, before handing it to the officer through the drive-through window.
As the Washington Times reports, the Utah Subway employee is facing felony charges for allegedly tampering with the police officer’s drink and poisoning him with the dangerous illegal drugs. Reportedly, the Utah Subway employee was caught on camera doing something shady with the beverage before passing it through the window to the officer.
“In the video, he 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 Subway employee was ultimately arrested on suspicion of felony surreptitious administration of a poisonous substance on Monday night, after the alleged poisoning took place.
So far, authorities have not released the identity of the police officer who was allegedly drugged by the Utah Subway employee. However, they have said that the police sergeant was in uniform at the time that the incident took place. According to investigators, the officer in question visited the Utah Subway location in Layton early Monday afternoon.
According to the team diligently investigating the disturbing situation of the drugged and poisoned police officer, the Utah Subway employee was not only caught on camera seemingly tampering with the lemonade in question, but the beverage also tested positive for the presence of both methamphetamine and THC (the high-inducing chemical in marijuana).
While slipping illegal drugs in somebody’s drink may sound like a joke to some, in the case of the poisoned Utah officer, it was no laughing matter. He reportedly told investigators that his fountain beverage “tasted funny,” and he only drank a few sips of the lemonade before he realized that he was dealing with something more than just an issue related to the drink’s syrup content.
Not long after picking up his meal and the contaminated lemonade, which was allegedly deliberately tampered with by the Utah Subway employee, the police officer began to deal with the physical fallout of the methamphetamine he had unknowingly ingested.
“The [officer] 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 then] drove to the Layton Police Department.”
Upon reaching the police department building, the officer that drank the lemonade allegedly poisoned by the Utah Subway employee was reportedly markedly impaired. His motor skills and mental facilities were compromised, and he reportedly appeared high on narcotics.
The officer’s condition after the allegedly deliberate poisoning was so bad that he had to be temporarily hospitalized due to his exposure to the illicit drugs.
The investigation into the situation began almost immediately, and it was at that point that a toxicity test determined that the Subway lemonade had been contaminated with THC and meth. The Utah Subway employee was arrested a few hours later, after police had an opportunity to review the incriminating surveillance tapes. Tapes that, allegedly, clearly show the Utah Subway employee doing something improper with the officer’s beverage.
Despite having been arrested on suspicion of committing a dangerous felony, the Utah Subway employee has so far denied tampering with the lemonade and/or poisoning the officer. According to reports, as of Tuesday the teenage Subway employee was still behind bars. His bail has been set at $10,000.
The local Subway franchise owner has declined to answer media questions about the pending investigation and charges, opting to direct members of the media to Subway’s corporate office.
The charge levied against the teen, felony surreptitious administration of a poisonous substance, is a second degree felony. If convicted, the Utah Subway employee faces one to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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