Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be dangerously good, some may even say addicting. Since the nation was introduced to the breakfast confection in 1937, it would seem that some people just can’t get enough. While enjoying a delicious doughnut isn’t inherently illegal, an Orlando, Florida man found himself in handcuffs after he claimed he was guilty of indulging behind the wheel.
According to 64-year-old Daniel Rushing, cops arrested him after mistaking flakes of glaze that fell off of his doughnut as narcotics.
USA Today reports that Rushing was pulled over by Orlando’s finest for speeding after they had observed Rushing enter into two separate stores without making any purchases. Police suspected that Rushing had been up to no good and when they saw him cruising at 42 mph in a 30 mph zone, they seized the opportunity to find out just what Rushing had been up to.
Police searched through Rushing’s vehicle and spotted opaque white flakes covering the floor. Originally they suspected that the unknown substance was crack cocaine, but changed their mind after Rushing protested that the substance was probably doughnut glaze and decided it was crystal methamphetamine.
“I observed in plain view a rock like substance on the floor board where his feet were,” the officer wrote in an arrest report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. “I recognized, through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer, the substance to be some sort of narcotic.”
Officers pulled out a field kit in order to test the substance. To Rushing’s surprise, police then told him that the field test had indicated the substance was, indeed, crystal meth and placed him under arrest for possession of methamphetamine with a firearm. Rushing spent 10 hours in jail before posting bond.
Several weeks later the substance found in Rushing’s car would be retested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Rushing was cleared on all charges.
Rushing later sued the city of Orlando as well as Safariland, the company responsible for producing the roadside test kits that indicated Rushing’s doughnut glaze was positive for crystal meth. Rushing was awarded $37,500 after he claimed he suffered emotional harm and embarrassment from the wrongful arrest. The officer who originally stopped Rushing, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, was given a written reprimand for making the arrest.