By Sarah Begley
August 9, 2016

An employee at a Subway sandwich shop in Utah has been accused of drugging a police officer who visited the drive-thru.

The officer began to feel strange shortly after sipping his lemonade drink, struggling to brake while driving his car and arriving at his station in Layton dazed and unable to respond to questions. The officer, who has not been identified, was treated at a hospital, and his lemonade was found to contain THC and methamphetamine.

Tanis Ukena, 18, was arrested on suspicion of surreptitiously giving a poisonous substance, the Associated Press reports. He has denied wrongdoing, but admitted he was the only person to handle the drink (a fact also confirmed by security footage).

Police Lt. Travis Lyman said investigators are looking into whether the incident could have been inspired by any anti-police sentiment in the wake of officer-involved shootings around the country. “It’s not a reach to make that connection based on the climate right now,” Lyman said. “I imagine officers will be bringing lunch from home for some time” rather than risking future drive-thru poisonings.

Ukena has not had previous problems with the police besides being stopped for speeding. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

[AP]

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