Daniel Rushing had been eating the snack in his car when pulled over by Orlando officers who believed icing from the doughnuts were drugs
Daniel Rushing probably wont be eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his car any more.
The 64-year-old was arrested on drug charges when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins wrote in an arrest report that during a traffic stop on 11 December she noticed the flakes on the floorboard. Two roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance and Rushing was arrested. But a state crime laboratory test cleared him several weeks later.
It was incredible, Rushing said. It feels scary when you havent done anything wrong and get arrested … Its just a terrible feeling.
It started on a Friday afternoon when Rushing dropped off a neighbor at a hospital for a weekly chemotherapy session. Then, he drove to a convenience store to pick up a friend who needed a ride home.
Riggs-Hopkins said she was staking out the area for drug activity. Rushing told her he had a concealed weapons permit, according to an arrest report. She asked him to step out of his car and noticed a rock like substance on the floorboard.
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.
Rushing agreed to a vehicle search. I didnt have anything to hide, he said. Ill never let anyone search my car again.
Riggs-Hopkins and other officers spotted three other pieces of the substance.
I kept telling them, Thats … glaze from a doughnut, Rushing said.
He was charged with possession of methamphetamine with a firearm and spent 10 hours in jail before being released on bond.
The Floridas law enforcement department told the newspaper that an analyst in its Orlando crime lab did not try to identify what police found in the car, only to determine whether it was an illegal drug. They determined it was not and three days after Rushings arrest the state attorneys office dropped the charges.
Rushing, who retired after 25 years as an Orlando parks department employee, told the newspaper he had hired a lawyer and plans to sue the city because he was arrested for no reason at all.
Orlando police said in a statement that the arrest was lawful.