Florida man receives $37500 after cops mistake doughnut glaze for meth

Lester Mason
October 16, 2017

A Florida man who was arrested in 2015 after police mistook doughnut glaze in his auto for meth has received a $37,500 settlement.

In December 2015, Rushing was pulled over for speeding and not coming to a full stop when exiting a 7-Eleven parking lot. Law enforcement had spotted four small flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.

Daniel Rushing, 65, was given $37,500 in a settlement after suing the city of Orlando for an improper arrest, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Two roadside drug tests came back positive, which was a particular shock for Rushing who said that he had never smoked a cigarette before, and had never taken drugs.

But after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement tested the glaze, they determined it was sugar from a doughnut. The charges against Rushing were dropped. He told the newspaper, "At first they tried to say it was crack cocaine but later they concluded it is meth, crystal meth".

"I couldn't believe it", Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel.

Rushing said he was pleased with the outcome and hopes he can get his record expunged.

Riggs-Hopkins received a written reprimand for the arrest, and over 730 officers were trained on the proper way to conduct a field test.

The police said that the arrest was lawful, despite the subsequent revelations, but were unsure why the glazing tested positive for the drugs. But to be on the safe side, he opts not to eat the snack in his auto any more.

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