When Cops Mistake Donut Glaze For Crystal Meth And Strip Search You, You Make $37,500...Good Deal!

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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.

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Exhibit A: Krispy Kreme donut glaze.

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Yum!

Exhibit B: Crystal Meth.

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Also yum!

Now, unless the plaintiff in this case looked like this

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or 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.

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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.