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She described how she tried to get guards to intervene, saying that Payne seemed angry from the moment he arrived.

In the video, university officers can be seen standing by as Payne violently arrests the nurse. “I went down into the emergency department to get help, to have someone protect me because I felt unsafe from officer Payne from the beginning.” In Monday's news conference, University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy apologised to Wubbels and hospital staff for his early response to the incident.

A criminal investigation is underway, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, and the city's mayor and its police chief apologised to Wubbels in a statement.

A bewildered Wubbels screamed “help me” and “you're assaulting me” as the detective forced her into an unmarked car and accused her of interfering with an investigation.

On Friday, the police department said two of its employees had been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation but did not give details.

The policy was implemented quietly in August, before the incident became public.

The incident, which has attracted nationwide attention in part because of the dramatic video, involved Detective Jeff Payne, who persisted in demanding a blood sample from an unconscious truck driver at the hospital who had earlier been involved in an accident stemming from police pursuit of a suspect.

Detective Payne is appealing his dismissal, which he said was an unfair reaction to negative publicity.

The patient was an off-duty Idaho reserve police officer and lorry driver, Bill Gray, whose vehicle was hit by a man fleeing police in a pick-up truck. Lieutenant James Tracy, a police supervisor who ordered the arrest of the nurse, was demoted to officer and also is appealing.

He said he suggested Detective Payne consider handcuffing the nurse and that his superiors had never informed him of the hospital's blood-draw policy.

Ms Wubbels said she was relieved at the disciplinary action and would be disappointed if it was overturned.

A Utah nurse who was arrested for refusing to allow a police officer to draw blood from an unconscious patient has reached a 0,000 (£375,000) compensation settlement.

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