Lawsuit: Utah Police Officer Falsely Accused Subway Employee of Spiking His Drink

After nearly 20 years in the food service industry, Kristin Myers was used to dealing with the occasional unsatisfied customer.

But last August, the Layton, Utah, business owner and her partner, Dallas Buttars, were thrown a bizarre curveball when a local police officer accused an employee of Myers’s Subway franchise of spiking his drink with THC and methamphetamine — allegations the local department repeated on a nightly newscast.

Within only a few days, however, investigators reversed course. According to a statement from the Layton Police Department released Oct. 11, additional drug testing was “unable to confirm that contaminates were in the officer’s drink.”

But by then, the damage had been done. According to a defamation lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Utah against the city and authorities, the police’s debunked claim sunk Myers’s business.

“This has been one of the worst years,” Myers told The Washington Post. “I’m in the store everyday, and I had several days were customers were coming in to give us the riot act. We also had people asking, ‘Can you put that special stuff in my sandwich.’”

Worse, Myers’s federal court complaint accuses police of purposely letting out misinformation when the evidence proved otherwise.

“They kept omitting key facts, leaving the false impression this officer had been poisoned,” Robert Sykes, the attorney representing Myers and Buttars, told The Post. “I’m not saying they should be sued for a faulty investigation. But part of the investigation doesn’t involve a press conference.”

On Aug. 8, 2016, the police officer went through the Subway drive-through in Layton, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City. The officer bought a sandwich and a drink, according to the complaint, and after taking of sip from his drink said he felt “strange or ill.”

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