Daniel Rushing, 64, was arrested after police mistook the glaze on his Krispy Kreme doughnut for crystal meth in December 2015. Not liking what happened to him, Rushing sued the city of Orlando and in return received a $37,500 settlement.
Law enforcement had spotted four small flakes of glaze on his car’s floorboard, believing they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing explained to officers they were likely glazed bits of the Krispy Kreme doughnut he’d eaten earlier, but he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after two roadside drug tests came back positive for an illegal substance.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth.”
Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in a Dec. 11 arrest report that she had noticed flakes on Rushing’s floorboard. At the time, the police department said the arrest was lawful and failed to provide an explanation as to why the glaze tested positive for the amphetamine in both field tests.
Weeks after the arrest, a state crime lab cleared Rushing of the drug allegations and the drug charges against him were dropped. Now, Rushing tells the Orlando Sentinel that he has been trying to open a security business, but is experiencing difficulties because of his arrest record.
“I haven’t been able to work,” Rushing said. “People go online and see that you’ve been arrested.”
Rushing, a retiree from the Orlando Parks Department, received a check for $37,500 last week. He told the Sentinel he’s content with the outcome of his case.
Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for making an improper arrest. The Orlando Police Department trained more than 730 officers on how to properly use field-test kits following the incident.
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