Police mistake doughnut sugar for meth residue
ORLANDO, Fla. — The City of Orlando paid US$37,500 to a man to settle a lawsuit after police officers arrested him for what they thought was meth but was actually tiny flakes of glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.
Daniel Rushing sued the city after a field test incorrectly showed he had drugs and he was taken to jail.
He received the cheque in the mail last week, he said.
Rushing said he was pleased with the outcome and hopes he can get his record expunged.
He said he’s been trying to start a security business, but to no avail.
The city declined to comment on the case Thursday.
Orlando police officers pulled over Rushing in 2015 after police say he failed to come to a full stop after pulling out of a 7-Eleven store.
Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in an arrest report that she saw “a rocklike substance on the floor board where his feet were.” She did two roadside tests and they came back positive for an illegal substance.
Officers said it was meth and took Rushing to jail, where he spent 10 hours before posting US$2,500 bond.
A second test, this time from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, determined it was sugar from the doughnut.
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