The police officer knew something was wrong after he took three sips of the lemonade he ordered from a drive-thru sandwich shop in northern Utah.
He struggled to find the brake pedal of his patrol car at a red light. When he arrived at the police station in the city of Layton, he drifted off and couldn’t answer questions.
His colleagues sent him to the hospital Monday and later found out the police sergeant’s drink had been spiked with methamphetamine and THC.
Investigators believe it was done intentionally by an 18-year-old Subway employee, who was arrested on suspicion of surreptitiously giving a poisonous substance.
Tanis Ukena denied the allegations but acknowledged what investigators learned after watching surveillance video: He was the only one to prepare and handle the beverage.
Hey, Subway has the employees they have. At least this one wasn’t a kiddie diddler like their former spokesman.
[Police Lt. Travis] Lyman said police have not had any previous problems with the Subway or with Ukena, outside of stopping him for speeding.
Is that, maybe, why he poisoned the cop?
The state crime lab is testing the drink to determine the amount of drugs it contained.
The incident has raised eyebrows for Layton police officers who commonly eat at drive-thrus as they move from call to call, Lyman said.
“This is pretty surprising to us, certainly,” Lyman said. “I imagine officers will be bringing lunch from home for some time.”
Fortunately for the on-the-go cops, most people, even working in fast food joints, aren’t creeps. They aren’t Tanis Ukena.