Subway Shop Sues Utah Town & Police After Employee Cleared Of Drugging Officer’s Drink

The owners of a Subway sandwich shop are suing the Layton City Police Department in federal court for waiting too long to publicly disavow false allegations that an employee drugged a police officer’s lemonade last year.

A Subway sandwich shop in Layton, Utah, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the town and police department on Tuesday, alleging they wrongly accused an employee of drugging an officer’s drink last year.

In August 2016, Layton officers accused Tanis Ukena, an 18-year-old employee, of lacing a sergeant’s lemonade with methamphetamine and THC, a psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

Moments after taking a few sips of his drink, the unnamed officer reported that he felt impaired and had trouble driving and answering questions. An ion scanner test later showed the presence of drugs in the drink, but the lawsuit claims that the test that was conducted has a “known high false positive rate,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Ukena was arrested and booked into the Davis County Jail on one count of surreptitiously administering a poisonous substance, a second degree felony. After that, Ukena received multiple death threats and Dallas Buttars and Kristin Myers, the franchise owners, said their business dropped 30 percent.

The story made national headlines, and Buttars and Myers said that several other employees quit after being grilled by police. In total, they claim their business lost $300,000 due to the incident.

“My life has been changed forever. It will never be the same,” Myers said, according to the Associated Press“It’s always going to be known as the store that drugged the cop.”

The state crime lab conducted several tests of the drink and said the “initial test results could not be duplicated,” according to Deseret News. The police did not find any evidence the officer was drugged, even after conducting searches with a drug-sniffing dog and testing the officer’s blood and urine.

After two months, the state crime lab concluded that there was nothing illicit in the officer’s drink, and Layton police announced Ukena would not be charged.

The lawsuit alleges that the police department told reporters that the officer had been drugged “before it knew whether any crime had been committed, and before it knew whether anyone had in fact been poisoned,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Robert Sykes, the attorney representing the franchise owners, claims the police had evidence that the officer was not drugged well before the tests came back from the state crime lab, yet they did nothing to clear the owners or employees.

“Don’t keep these people on the hook and don’t keep the public in ignorance for two months,” Robert Sykes, the attorney representing the franchise owners, said, according to Deseret News“They may have had probable cause to arrest him. But they didn’t have license to defame him or other people, especially in light of what they knew. Especially in light of what they knew when they defamed him. They knew that there were no drugs found.”

Layton City Attorney Gary Crane said the officers did nothing wrong and that he was “very surprised” by the lawsuit.

“We stand behind our police officers 100 percent. I’ve gone over all of the evidence and the officers did their jobs in protecting not only the public, but individual businesses like Subway,” Crane said, according to Deseret News.

Ukena is currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The officer who became ill still works for the department. Police still do not know what caused the officer to become sickened that day.

Via RT.

  • opm6065

    Most likely he was drugged. You’ve either been drugged and know it or not and if he is accusing them that’s enough for me.

    • PapaDragon123 .

      wow, what a leap. Have you ever heard of a mini stoke? Just one of many possibilities. Low blood sugar could cause it also. Obviously assumptions were made by the police.

      • opm6065

        A stroke or mini stroke would have killed him w/o medical treatment asap and it would have been diagnosed and known, also officers are trained to recognize that. Also he was drinking lemonade, so low blood sugar would have to be ruled out. Yeah, they drugged it. It’s happened to me before too. Probably some kind of psych meds, which would probably explain the inconsistent lab results (because they didn’t think of testing for that). Don’t play dumb. If someone drugs you it’s pretty obvious (unless you’re already taking what you were drugged with).

        • fromaway46

          Sounds like you are still drugged.

          • opm6065

            Sounds like you’re one of the people that’s doing this. May God not have mercy on your pathetic soul.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            Go troll elsewhere!

          • opm6065

            Why all the pharma trolls on this one? Because, and I know as much as anyone, that they’ve been putting pharmaceuticals in the food & drink for years. Not sure if they’re trying to get people addicted or make them numb to their drugs (the same ting I guess) or if they’re trying to dumb down or brainwash the population (it looks like it’s working on you). That’s why I won’t get a coffee from a pot, or a fountain soda, or bakery items, because they’re too easy to tamper with and it has happened to me too many times that I’ve given up on trusting anyone who sells me food or drink.

        • Nneal

          A mini stroke would not have necessarily killed him. People can have mini strokes and not even realize it.

          • opm6065

            Nice try! A mini stroke is something that pretty much requires medical attention and a diagnosis. And cops are trained to recognize these things. Think about it, you eat or drink something that makes you feel weird and you’re supposed to automatically think it’s a mini stroke. I think you might be having one right now.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            BS.

          • opm6065

            How ridiculous it is that you guys are so strongly defending this argument that there might be about a .000000001% chance that it was actually a stroke. Mini strokes cause one’s face to become paralyzed amongst otherobvious symptoms, and cops, as FIRST RESPONDERS are TRAINED TO SPECIFICALLY RECOGNIZE THIS TYPE OF THING!!! Was that the case? NO! Did he show other signs/symptoms of a stroke? NO! If he did his cop friends would have recognized it as a stroke. Can I get a doctor or nurse out there to back me up on that? Shouldn’t be too hard to find.

          • 2too

            Mini strokes require medical attention, and cops are trained to recognize them?
            Who needs doctors when we can have cops taking care of us?
            opm6065, your are either a cretin, or a troll.

          • opm6065

            Cops are considered first responders and have much of the same training as EMTs, Einstein.

          • opm6065

            All these trolls here is just proof that something is going on with this (as I have known for sure for years bc I don’t take pharmaceuticals so I’m much more sensitive to them). Pharma is scared that people are finding out that they are lacing the food & drink with drugs to get people addicted. So they’re going all out with trolling on this one.

            All I need is one healthcare professional or even just any first responder to come on here and tell these idiots that no, it definitely was NOT a stroke!

          • Nneal

            “The state crime lab conducted several tests of the drink and said the “initial test results could not be duplicated,” according to Deseret News. The police did not find any evidence the officer was drugged, even after conducting searches with a drug-sniffing dog and testing the officer’s blood and urine”.

            I’m not saying he wasn’t drugged for sure, but doesn’t the above statement seem odd considering what happened? Sure would like to know what conversations took place between the cops and the “drugged officer” after this happened. The statement “Police still do not know what caused the officer to become sickened that day” leaves everything up to speculation.

          • opm6065

            Unless you know exactly what drug it is it’s hard to test for. You have a different test for each drug. There are thousands of pharmaceutical drugs out there. ANd crime lab tests can be expensive. Ask anyone who’s ever been arrested for drugs, since they usually foot the bill for the lab. They can’t do a test on every single drug out there.

            And I’m saying this because it has HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE AND I AM 100% SURE. I have no clue why you are standing up for the scumbag that did it and for the scumbag pharma companies that proliferate this garbage into our food and drink supply.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            My Mom and Uncle had dozens before they died from other causes ie Cancer.

        • 2too

          Why don’t you do some research before opening your gap?
          A “mini stroke” or “Transient Ischaemic Attack” or “TIA” is not uncommon and [people] having a mini stroke return to normal within minutes or hours after the event (http://theconversation.com/a-mini-stroke-is-a-warning-a-stroke-may-follow-64486)

          • opm6065

            Look, it’s simple, you eat or drink something and feel weird, it means there was something in it. End of story. It’s not some kind of extreme coincidence or something like that. You can tell if you’ve been drugged. You can tell it’s not a stroke or diabetes. Not sure what your motivation in all of this is, trying to stand up to big pharma or something, and help us all get addicted to drugs that we don’t even know we’re taking.

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        He who ASSumes often makes an ass of themselves.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      No drugs in the drink. Can you read?

      • opm6065

        A drug that returned a positive test for amphetamines and thc. Lots of psych drugs out there that can test positive for amphetamines, lots of opioids out there that can test positive for thc. Without knowing exactly what drug it was they can’t test for it. There’s a different test for each drug. Did they test for pharmaceuticals? NO! I cant understand why there are so many pharma trolls on this one, trying to cover up the fact that it’s unfortunately very common anymore for food & drink to be laced with pharma drugs.

    • 2too

      Thank god you’re not a lawyer.

      • opm6065

        Or else big pharma would be done for and you wouldn’t be able to troll for pay.

    • opm6065

      BREAKING NEWS!!! It’s just been revealed that all of Bill Cosby’s victims were all just simply having mini strokes!

      See how ridiculous and utterly absurd it sounds?

  • Ferenc Szalasi

    Pigs can eat everything