Two years ago, a Florida man was arrested because police officers mistook the Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze in his car for methamphetamines. Now, after a lawsuit against the city of Orlando, he’s been awarded $37,500 in damages.
Daniel Rushing was pulling out of the parking lot of an Orlando 7/11 when he was pulled over by officers on a drug stakeout. When the officers looked at his wallet and saw a concealed weapon permit, they asked him if they could search the car. During their search, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins reported that she saw “a rock-like substance” on the floor of the car. “I recognized through my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic,” she noted.
When the arresting officers did a set of roadside tests, they came back positive for an illegal substance, and Rushing was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with a firearm charge. He was handcuffed and strip-searched, and spent 10 hours in jail before posting his $2,500 bond. “It was funny,” Rushing told NPR, “because I called my wife to tell her what happened, and the guy next to me waiting for the phone started to laugh. He said, ‘This is crazy. I think you got a really good lawsuit here.'”
Several weeks later, a test administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined that the glaze was not an illicit substance. Three days after the results were found, the State Attorney’s Office dropped the case, and Rushing decided to pursue a lawsuit.
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