A Florida man has received $37,500 after cops arrested him when they mistook doughnut crumbs for meth.
In 2015, Orlando police officers pulled over Daniel Rushing, 65, for speeding out of a 7-11 parking lot after they’d been monitoring it due to several drug complaints.
An officer arrested Rushing when she spotted a “rocky, white substance” on the floorboard of his car, but Rushing insisted to officers that it was not drugs.
“I kept telling them, ‘That’s glaze from a doughnut,’” Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel. “They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, ‘No, it’s meth, crystal meth.’”
Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins reportedly administered a series of roadside drug tests, which the officers had not been trained properly to use. Two of them turned up positive for cocaine.
When lab tests came back, however, it turned out that Rushing was telling the truth. The crumbs had been glaze from a doughnut.
Riggs-Hopkins resigned a week later after being reprimanded.
Rushing sued the city over the incident and after a settlement, the City of Orlando agreed to pay him $37,500 for the wrongful arrest, reports said.
He told the Orlando Sentinel that he hasn’t been able to get a job since his false arrest.
“I haven’t been able to work,” Rushing said. “People go online and see that you’ve been arrested.”
Rushing, however, hasn’t let the experience taint him, he told the paper that he still goes to Krispy Kreme to get a glazed doughnut every other Wednesday. He just doesn't eat it in the car.