Subway, “Eat Meth?”
An employee with the national sandwich chain Subway is in some serious trouble with the law after he allegedly slipped a dose of methamphetamine and THC into the beverage of a local law enforcement officer, sending the cop on high-speed ride to the hospital.
It all began on Monday afternoon when a sergeant with the Layton Police Department in Utah rolled through the drive-thru at a local Subway restaurant to grab some lunch. Inside the store, 18-year-old Tanis Lloyd Ukena was responsible for putting together the officer’s order. But rather than simply completing the transaction, the teen decided it would be a clown shoe riot to lace the officer’s drink with some mind and body-altering substances.
Although Ukena was probably laughing it up inside the restaurant as he watched the officer drive away, sipping from a savage concoction of cannabis and crank, he did not stop to consider that the cop was going to notice that his lemonade tasted slightly different. After a few sips, the officer could tell something wasn’t right, and according to the police report, the unauthorized cocktail was already starting to kick in before he returned back at the station.
“The (sergeant) began feeling the effects of being drugged,” the report reads. “While approaching an intersection that had a red light, he had difficulty getting his foot to move to the brake pedal. (He) drove to the Layton Police Department, where he was observed to have signs of impairment. He was unable to process information and drifted off, and was unable to focus on questions being asked of him.”
That’s when the decision was made to transport the sergeant to a nearby hospital to find out what was causing him to act like he had either suffered a mild stroke or ate his lunch too close to the evidence room. But once the staff at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center revealed to the sergeant and his fellow officers that he was riding dirty on a couple of controlled substances, it didn’t take long for police to show back up at the Subway to investigate the matter further.
Once inside, the police got their hand on the restaurant’s surveillance footage, which investigators believe shows Ukena doing something to the Sergeant’s beverage.
“The suspect was seen taking the sergeant’s order, filling his drink,” Sgt. Clint Bobrowski told Fox 13. “The suspect left the sergeant’s drink on the counter and left the picture frame. In the video you can see him returning with something in his hand and then leaning over the sergeant’s drink for an unusual amount of time. The suspect then provided the sergeant with the drink.”
As you can imagine, this is when the shakedown ensued. Officers began questioning Ukena over his mysterious actions with the sergeant’s drink, but the kid held strong and denied the accusation. Unfortunately for him, investigators had already submitted the “poisoned” beverage to a crime lab, where an ion scanner test showed that the lemonade contained traces of methamphetamine and THC. The police report does not give any indication just how much of the two substances were present.
Ukena was arrested and charged with suspicion of felony surreptitious administration of a poisonous substance. He has reportedly opted to hang out in the Davis County jail instead of paying $10,000 bail.
A report from the Salt Lake Tribune suggests that Ukena continues to maintain his innocence.
On Tuesday, the folks at Blue Lives Matter chimed in on the incident, calling it another attack on the law enforcement community.
“This poisoning is just another example of an attack on a law enforcement officer due to their profession,” wrote admin, Officer Blue. “While some may argue that we can’t know Ukena’s motives, we think that his actions speak for themselves. Ukena poisoned the sergeant because he was there in uniform and readily identifiable as a law enforcement officer; he wasn’t just trying to give away his drugs to random customers. This incident is no better than a physical attack on law enforcement, it’s just a more cowardly way to harm our heroes.”
The sergeant — whose name has not been released — was treated and released at the hospital. He is said to be at home and “feeling better.”