Man mistakenly accused of drugging officer talks

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CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) - A Utah man who was mistakenly arrested on accusations that he drugged a police officer's drink at a sandwich shop says he hardly left the house the last two months because he feared for his safety after receiving death threats.

The 18-year-old Tanis Ukena spoke Tuesday at his attorney's office hours after Layton police announced they would not seek charges.

Ukena was arrested on Aug. 8 after a police sergeant reported feeling impaired immediately after Ukena served him a lemonade at a Subway.

Flanked by his parents, Ukena said he supports law enforcement, but he is disappointed how Layton police handled his case and that they aren't apologizing.

His mother, Heather Ukena, called the experience a living nightmare. His father, Landy Ukena, says his son's case shows police must be more cautious and thorough.

Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman said Tuesday the case was closed after state lab results couldn't confirm that the officer's drink had methamphetamine and THC, findings from initial field tests that led police to arrest Tanis Ukena.

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