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Still no charges filed against Layton Subway employee accused of poisoning officer with drugs

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 15:32:50-04

LAYTON, Utah – The attorney for a man accused of poisoning a Layton Police Officer with a drink at a Subway restaurant, said he’s frustrated with the lack of movement in the case.

The Layton Police Sgt. was on patrol Aug. 8 when he pulled into the drive-thru window at a Subway in Clearfield.  The officer said he immediately noticed a chemical taste in his lemonade and began feeling strange, so he went back to the police station.  The Sgt. said he lost control of his limbs, became disoriented, and had a hard time braking his vehicle.

The officer made it to the station and his cup was tested and turned up evidence of being laced with methamphetamine and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the Layton Police Department.  Police returned to the restaurant, viewed security camera video, and arrested 18-year-old Tanis Lloyd Ukena.

Ukena’s attorney, Randy Richards, said he’s frustrated because his client still hasn’t been formally charged.   Richards also said police dogs found no evidence of drugs and that security cameras found nothing incriminating.

“It’s frustrating, frustrating for him, his reputation has been ruined, and as you well know, being in the media, you know, once this stuff hits the press, you can’t unring that bell, and I don’t know how we reverse the damage that’s been done,” Richards said.

Layton City police declined to comment, other than to say the officer is back on the job and they are awaiting results from the Utah State Crime Lab, where they sent the cup for testing.  Those results are expected any day now, Layton Police said.