A Utah man arrested earlier this month, after being accused of putting drugs in a police officer’s drink, has yet to be formerly charged. The man, age 18, was working at the drive-thru of an area Subway sandwich shop when the alleged incident occurred. According to police, a video surveillance camera in the shop reportedly shows that the man was the only individual handling the drink and that it seemed to take the man a long time to prepare it.
Although the man denies tampering with the officer’s drink, he was still placed under arrest on suspicion of surreptitiously giving a poisonous substance. The man’s attorney stated that the man had no motive to harm a police officer, was never in possession of drugs and that the man has no idea about how the alleged substances got into the officer’s drink.
According to the police, the investigators are waiting to submit the case to the prosecution until they receive the lab results from the state crime lab with regards to what exactly was in the officer’s drink. Initial tests of the officer’s drink allegedly determined that it had methamphetamine and THC in it.
The man’s attorney believes that the investigators in this case do not have the necessary evidence to shore up their claims. He states that filing drug charges based on initial tests is common, without necessarily having to wait for state crime lab results. Moreover, he claims that the officer’s account of feeling like he was drugged and being unable to locate the accelerator in his vehicle after only having a couple sips of his drink would only happen if there were “tons” of drugs in the drink.
The case, unfortunately, has garnered national attention. The man has received death threats, and his plans to go to college have been put on hold for the time being. According to his attorney, the man’s entire reputation has been “destroyed.” The man has no prior criminal record, save for some traffic infractions.
As this shows, even simply being arrested for a crime can be damaging, whether one is formally charged or not. That is why, if you are accused of a crime, it is important to consider seeking legal help. An attorney may be able to assess the facts of your case and provide you with representation from the get-go, even before you are formerly charged.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, “Man denies drugging Utah officer’s drink; still not charged,” Brady McCombs, Aug. 18, 2016