Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

RIGBY, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho police chief says one of his reserve officers was the unconscious patient involved in the confrontation between a nurse and police officer in a Utah hospital.

Rigby Police Chief Sam Tower on Friday thanked the Utah nurse and other hospital staffers for preventing Utah officers from obtaining a blood sample from 43-year-old William Gray, a Rigby reserve officer.

Tower says protecting the rights of others is a heroic act.

Gray was severely injured in a northern Utah crash in July while working his full-time job as a truck driver. According to Tower, a suspect was fleeing Utah State Highway Patrol when the suspect's vehicle collided with Gray's truck.

Gray has since remained in the hospital for severe burn wounds treatment.

The Rigby Police Department says it was not aware of the incident involving the nurse and a Utah officer until August 31.

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