Po­lice mis­take dough­nut sugar for meth residue

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS - DAVID HAR­RIS

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.


A he­li­copter drops a load of water on a wild­fire Thurs­day in Sonoma, Calif.

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