Layton police won’t seek charges against Subway employee

Posted at 2:18 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 16:18:17-04

LAYTON, Utah — The Layton City Police Department announced Tuesday that they will not seek charges against a Subway restaurant employee who had been accused of putting illegal drugs in an officer’s drink.

The decision not to charge Tanis Lloyd Ukena came after the Utah Department of Public Safety crime lab analyzed the drink.

According to a news release issued by the police department on Tuesday, the crime lab notified them that a foreign substance had been found in the drink several weeks ago, but the result could not be duplicated in further tests.

“The Department received word from the State Lab that, at the conclusion of their testing, they are unable to confirm that contaminates [sic] were in the officer’s drink,” the news release said.

Ukena was arrested in August after a police sergeant stopped at the restaurant for lunch and claimed he tasted chemicals in his lemonade. The officer also said he began feeling strange, that he lost control of his limbs and had a hard time braking his vehicle.

Police reviewed Subway’s surveillance footage and said they observed Ukena leaving the drink on a counter, then “returning with something in his hand and then leaning over the sergeant’s drink for an unusual amount of time.”

In the news release, Layton police noted that the restaurant’s owners and management were fully cooperative in the investigation, and they thanked Ukena and his family for their patience in the investigation.