Cop Mistakes Doughnut Crumbs For Meth, Makes Arrest

| by Michael Howard
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An Orlando man plans to file a lawsuit against the city after cops allegedly arrested him for having flakes of doughnut glaze in his car.

Daniel Rushing, 64, was pulled over in December 2015 after reportedly failing to stop at a stop sign and driving 42 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to WFTV.

He said he gave the officer permission to search his vehicle, at which point she spotted a "rock like substance" on the floor.

"I recognized, [through] my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer, the substance to be some sort of narcotic," the police report reads.

The report goes on to note that the officer tested the substance twice and that it came back positive for meth both times.

"They said, 'We found what we thought was crack cocaine in the beginning, but now we think it's methamphetamine,'" Rushing said.

"I kept telling them, 'That's glaze from a doughnut,'" he said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth.'"

The arrest report, which describes the arrest as lawful, confirms Rushing's version of events.

"Rushing stated that the substance is sugar from a [Krispy] Kreme Donut that he ate," the officer wrote.

Rushing was booked into county jail on a charge of possession of meth. He remained in jail for about 10 hours before being released on $2,500 bond.

Three days later, after the crime lab determined the substance was not an illicit drug, the case was dropped.

Rushing has since hired an attorney and is seeking damages from the city.

"It was incredible," he told the Orlando Sentinel. "It feels scary when you haven't done anything wrong and get arrested … It's just a terrible feeling."

When asked why the two tests yielded false positives, and how often such mistakes occur, the Orlando Police Department did not say.

"At this time, we have no responsive records," a police spokesperson wrote in a statement. "There is no mechanism in place for easily tracking the number of, or results of, field drug testing."

Sources: WFTV, Orlando Sentinel / Photo Credit: WFTV

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