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Man Gets Hefty Settlement After Police Mistake His Doughnut Glaze Crumbs For Meth

A Florida man was arrested in December 2015 on drug charges, even though he tried to explain to police officers that they were making a terrible mistake. The law enforcement officers spotted four little clear flakes on the floorboard of his vehicle and they thought the flakes were pieces of crystal meth.

The man argued that it was just crumbs of icing that fell off his doughnut. Turns out he was right. He's now won a large settlement.

Daniel Rushing sued the city of Orlando after he was falsely arrested for possession of an illegal substance. Instead of the methamphetamine, the police thought it was, the substance turned out to be the sugary glaze off of a Krispy Kreme doughnut the man ate earlier that day.

He treats himself to a doughnut every other Wednesday. He says he’s a little embarrassed he didn’t clean up after himself well enough, but he never expected events would unfold as they did.

Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins pulled over the 64-year-old man and observed the little clear flakes on the floorboard of his car. The officer questioned Rushing about it and at first, told him she believed it to be crack cocaine.

Rushing insisted it was pastry icing, but the officer wouldn’t take his word for it. She performed two roadside tests on the substance, and both times the equipment tested positive for illegal substances.

Rushing was absolutely shocked. "I couldn’t believe it,” the retired Parks Department employee told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth.”

Rushing was arrested, and the remnants of the substance were sent to a crime lab for further testing. The results came back proving that the substance found was doughnut glaze, and the charges against him were dropped.

In the meantime, however, Rushing's livelihood was ruined. He had been trying to open a security business, but that was thwarted due to his arrest record. He couldn't even find a job at the time because employers doing web searches on him would find the reports of his arrest.

“I haven’t been able to work,” Rushing said. “People go online and see that you’ve been arrested.”

Rushing settled with the city for a $37,500 payout. The retiree is happy about the outcome of the case and feels he can move on with his life now.

The police department says that the arrest was lawful at the time that it was made, though unfortunate. They can't explain why the icing from a doughnut was testing positive for illegal drugs.

The arresting officer was given a written reprimand for the improper arrest. The city of Orlando is now training more than 730 officers on how to properly use field test kits to ensure another mistake doesn't happen.

Rushing has even resumed his Krispy Kreme habit on every other Wednesday. Now, however, he plays it smart. He doesn’t eat the doughnuts in his car.

Source: Fox News
Photos: Monika Gruszewicz/123RF Stock Photo, Radspunk/Wikimedia, 123RF Stock Photo, Sam Howzit/Flickr,

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