October 18, 2017

Man awarded $37,500 after cops mistake donut glaze for meth

by Neha Monga

Daniel Rushing, who was arrested after police mistook the glaze on his Krispy Kreme donut for crystal meth, has been awarded $37,500 as a settlement towards the case.

Rushing, 64, was arrested in December 2015 when Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins spotted flakes of glaze on his car’s floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. When police officer conducted roadside tests on the flakes collected, the results came back positive for methamphetamine. Rushing was arrested on a drug possession charge with a firearm and spent 10 hours in jail before posting bond.

Daniel Rushing poses with the Krispy Kreme donut he purchases every other Wednesday on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Orlando, Fla.Daniel Rushish with a pack of Krispy Kreme donuts.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth.”

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However, weeks later, a follow-up test conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined that the white crystals were not meth and cleared Rushing of the drug allegations and charges against him.

It wasn’t long before Rushing filed a lawsuit for the false results. However, this week, the parties officially settled and Rushing received a $37,500 from the City of Orlando.

Riggs-Hopkins wrote in a Dec. 11 arrest report that she noticed flakes on Rushing’s floorboard. The police department at the time said the arrest was lawful and didn’t explain why the glaze tested positive for methamphetamine in both field tests.

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

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