Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Florida man awarded a settlement after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

Florida man awarded a settlement after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

A Florida man who was arrested in 2015 after police mistook doughnut glaze in his auto for methamphetamines has received a $37,500 (£28,269) settlement.

Rushing got the check last week.

Rushing told police at the time that the substance was glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut, NPR said. In the arrest report, police noted "a rock-like substance on the floor board where his feet were" in Rushing's auto. The cops then noticed a "rock-like substance" in the auto, and Rushing insisted it wasn't drugs. Even so, his arrest derailed his plans to open up a security business.

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"I haven't been able to work", Rushing told the paper.

The 64-year-old told the Orlando Sentinel that even after he was clear of the charges, it was hard for him to move on, as the arrest was still visible on his records. "People go online and see that you've been arrested".

The city ended up training over 730 officers on how to properly use field test kits, according to the Sentinel.

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Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in an arrest report that she saw "a rock-like substance on the floor board where his feet were". A subsequent test performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined it was sugar from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

He was arrested and spent 10 hours in prison, despite telling the police the crumbs were from a doughnut, as officers still believed it was likely to be a narcotic. "I've never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth".

Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel he still gets a glazed doughnut once a week, but opts not to eat the snack in his vehicle.

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He just doesn't eat it in his auto.

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