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Florida Cops Arrest Man Over Doughnut Crumbs (Video)

A man in Orlando, Florida, was arrested after police spotted some Krispy Kreme doughnut crumbs in his car on Dec. 11, 2015 (video below).

"It's a terrible feeling to go to jail when you have not done anything," Dan Rushing recently told WFTV. "I just don't want this to happen to somebody else."

Rushing has hired a lawyer and says he is considering filing a wrongful arrest lawsuit.

Police said Rushing was pulled over for running a stop sign, and driving 42 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in her police report how she noticed Rushing had a concealed weapons permit, and asked Rushing to step out of his vehicle, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Riggs-Hopkins noted that she saw "a rocklike substance on the floor board where his feet were" in the car, and added: "I recognized through my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic."

Riggs-Hopkins asked Rushing if she could search his car and he agreed, although he told the newspaper he won't ever make that mistake again.

Rushing recalled telling Riggs-Hopkins and other officers that the substance was glaze from his doughnut, which was confirmed in Riggs-Hopkins' police report: "Rushing stated that the substance is sugar from a Krispie Kreme doughnut that he ate."

The police report said the substance was tested with drug kits twice and gave positive results as meth.

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

According to court records from Orange County, Florida, Rushing did get charged for meth possession, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined the substance was not meth, and the charges were dropped about one month later.

An Orlando Police Department spokesperson told the news station: "[T]here is no mechanism in place for easily tracking the number of, or results of, field drug testing."

The spokesperson could not say at the time if the department was going to check its drug-testing equipment.

On July 7, The New York Times noted that statistics from the FDLE lab system showed that 21 percent of supposed meth evidence tested positive by cops in Florida was not actually meth, and in half of those positive results there was no illegal drug, as in Rushing's case.

Sources: WFTV, Orlando Sentinel, The New York Times / Photo credit: WFTV via YouTube

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