WHAS - A Florida man has received $37,500 after cops arrested him when they mistook doughnut crumbs for meth.
In 2015, Orlando police officers pulled over Daniel Rushing, 65, for speeding out of a 7-11 parking lot after they’d been monitoring it due to several drug complaints.
An officer arrested Rushing when she spotted a “rocky, white substance” on the floorboard of his car, but Rushing insisted to officers that it was not drugs.
“I kept telling them, ‘That’s glaze from a doughnut,’” Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel. “They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, ‘No, it’s meth, crystal meth.’”
Rushing was strip-searched and spent hours in jail before being released on $2,500 bond, NY Daily News Reported.
When lab tests came back, however, it turned out that Rushing was telling the truth. The crumbs had been glaze from a doughnut.
Riggs-Hopkins resigned a week later after being reprimanded.
Rushing sued the city over the incident and after a settlement, the City of Orlando agreed to pay him $37,500 for the wrongful arrest, reports said.
Rushing, however, hasn’t let the experience taint him, he told the paper that he still goes to Krispy Kreme to get a glazed doughnut every other Wednesday. He just doesn’t eat it in the car.
Exhibit A: Krispy Kreme donut glaze.
Exhibit B: Crystal Meth.
Now, unless the plaintiff in this case looked like this
when pulled over, then it is of my opinion it was a bit much to strip search a guy for eating a donut. And you know he didn’t have a receipt for that either. That’s the unfortunate part of buying a donut, you don’t need to bring ink and paper into it. Mitch Hedberg, rest his soul, did not imagine this scenario would happen where someone would need documentation for the donut.
But, luckily for our guy, since he didn’t have the receipt, he was strip searched and taken to jail, and then awarded $37,500 for his troubles. Not bad! I’d take that deal any day of the week. A thumb up your butt and an uncomfortable night in jail for $37,500, where’s the dotted line?
And the last line of the article is the proverbial icing on the cake. He still keeps his bi-weekly donut routine in tact. A little overly-aggressive arrest isn’t going to stop him from getting that delicious, warm donut every other Wednesday. When you fall off that horse, you get back on, that’s the American way.