Man arrested for doughnut glaze, gets $37500 settlement from city

Bryan Strickland
October 18, 2017

Daniel Rushing, 64, filed a lawsuit against the city of Orlando, Florida after he was arrested in December 2015 by a police officer who mistakenly identified flakes of Krispy Kreme donut glaze for meth.

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

To come to a quick conclusion, the police officers carried out two roadside drug tests of the sugar flakes.

He said: "I couldn't believe it". The cops then noticed a "rock-like substance" in the vehicle, and Rushing insisted it wasn't drugs.

But by the time the more thorough test was completed, Rushing spent 10 hours in jail and posted a $2,500 bond.

He said he's been trying to start a security business, but to no avail.

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But he bears no ill-will toward the city's police department and told The Sentinel that the arresting officer was "very polite and nice". Rushing was given a written reprimand, according to the Orlando Police Department, and over 730 officers went through training on how to properly use field-test kits.

As a result, the test results on the sugar bits came back positive for cocaine.

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

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

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab analysis then proved Rushing correct and showed that the flakes did not contain any illicit substances. "I've never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth". He said he still goes to Krispy Kreme every other Wednesday to get a glazed doughnut.

He just doesn't eat it in his vehicle.

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