Orlando Man Arrested Because Cops Thought Krispy Kreme Doughnut Glaze Was Meth

A 64-year-old man in Orlando was handcuffed, arrested, strip searched, and spent hours in jail after officers mistook the glaze from his doughnut for crystal meth.


The Orlando Sentinel reports that, after pulling Daniel Rushing over for failure to stop and speeding, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins noticed "a rock like substance" on the floorboard of the car. "I recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic," she wrote in her report.

The officers asked if they could search Rushing's vehicle and he agreed. "I didn't have anything to hide," Rushing told the Sentinel, "I'll never let anyone search my car again...I kept telling them, 'That's … glaze from a doughnut. … They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth.'"

According to the arrest report, the officers conducted two roadside drug tests on the particles and both came back positive for an illegal substance. A state crime lab made further tests weeks later and cleared him. Rushing says he was locked up for about 10 hours before his release on $2,500 bond.

The Orlando Police Department has provided no information regarding why the two roadside tests were inaccurate. Rushing is seeking damages from the city of Orlando.

You can read the Sentinel's entire report, and watch a video interview with Rushing, at the paper's website.

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