Florida Man Receives $37500 Settlement after Cops Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2017

The City of Orlando paid $37,500 to a man to settle a lawsuit after police officers arrested him for what they thought was meth but was actuallytiny flakes of glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

Daniel Rushing, 64, sued the city of Orlando after he was arrested in December 2015 on drug charges. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins after she incorrectly identified tiny flakes of hardened glaze from Rushing's Krispy Kreme doughnuts as crystal meth during a traffic stop. When more comprehensive lab tests came back some weeks later, they revealed that the substance actually was-as Rushing had claimed-doughnut glaze, and no more sinful than the value of its caloric content.

Rushing spent 10 hours in jail on a possession of methamphetamine with a firearm charge before posting a $2,500 bond, the Sentinel reports.

Nonetheless, Rushing can now buy a whole lot of Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts with his $37,500 payout.

Riggs-Hopkin was reprimanded after the incident and later resigned, according to WHAS.

Riggs-Hopkins noted in the arrest report that she saw "a rock-like substance on the floor board where his feet were".

"I haven't been able to work", he said.

Orlando police ended up training 730 officers how to use the roadside drug tests.

"I couldn't believe it", Rushing said.

Rushing, 65, said the arrest made him feel like a criminal.

Now, Rushing told the Sentinel, he still treats himself to a Krispy Kreme doughnut once a week, but no longer eats in his auto. "People go online and see that you've been arrested".

Rushing joked that while he still loves doughnuts, he now waits to eat them until he's out of the vehicle.

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