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FILE - In this July 26, 2017, frame grab from video taken from a police body camera and provided by attorney Karra Porter, nurse Alex Wubbels is arrested by a Salt Lake City police officer at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. The case of the police officer caught on video dragging Wubbels from the hospital in handcuffs is now before a Utah police chief to decide possible punishment after a law enforcement oversight board found the detective lost control and got aggressive while his supervisor failed to seek legal advice that could have calmed the situation. (Salt Lake City Police Department/Courtesy of Karra Porter via AP, File)

The officer who arrested a Utah nurse would like to apologize to her

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The Salt Lake City police officer at the center of the controversy over the arrest of a University of Utah nurse would like to apologize, his attorney told our affiliate KUTV.

"Jeff would love the chance to sit down and apologize for what happened here," said attorney Greg Skordas about his client, Detective Jeff Payne. "If he could do this over he would do it over differently."

Skordas said he's not making any excuses for his client.

"There is no question that Jeff made a mistake," Skordas said. "I can understand the public being upset, this was a troubling event."

But he said there is more to this story than meets the eye.

"There is the side of this that Jeff would like to tell at some point and I think that will happen," Skordas said.

It started in July with a fiery crash in Cache County, involving a head on collision with a semi-truck during a police chase. The driver of the semi was taken to the University of Utah burn unit. Skordas said Payne was asked by Logan police to get a blood sample from the driver as part of a law that requires commercial drivers to give blood samples if they've been involved in an accident.

"[Payne] believed at the time he was following a direct order," Skordas said.

Nurse Alex Wubbels refused to allow Payne to get a blood sample because he didn't have a warrant and did not have permission from the patient.

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This nurse got arrested for protecting her patient

That's when Payne took matters into his own hands and arrested Wubbels.

"I think he would love the chance to talk to people about what happened and why it happened and how he would do it differently," Skordas said.

This report was provided by Dan Rascon of KUTV.

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