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Florida man awarded court settlement after police mistake Krispy Kremes donuts for meth

October 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida man awarded court settlement after police mistake Krispy Kremes donuts for meth

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Man awarded court settlement after cops mistook Krispy Kremes donuts for meth

A man who was taken into custody after officers mistook the glaze on his Krispy Kreme donuts for meth has been awarded a court settlement of $37,500.

Daniel Rushing, 64, filed a lawsuit against the city of Orlando after he was arrested in 2015 on drug charges. Police had noticed four small flakes of glaze on his floorboard and believed they were remnants of crystal meth.

Rushing told the cops they were probably bits of the Krispy Kreme doughnut he’d just eaten, but he was taken into custody for meth possession after two roadside drug tests tested positive for an illicit substance, WFTV reported.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Rushing said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve never smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth.”

Dan Rushing received a $37,500 settlement from the city after a police officer mistook sugar glaze for methamphetamine.

A few weeks later, a state crime lab cleared Rushing of the drug accusations and charges against him were dismissed.

Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel that he was trying to open up a security business, but can’t because of he now has a criminal record.

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

Rushing, a retiree from the Orlando Parks Departments, was given a check for $37,500 and told the Sentinel he’s pleased with the result of his case.

Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in an arrest report that she saw flakes on Rushing’s floorboard. The police department at the time said the arrest was legal and didn’t explain why the glaze tested positive for meth in both tests.

Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for carrying out an improper arrest, and the Orlando Police Department ended up training over 730 officers on how to properly use field-test kits.

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