Man Awarded $37.5K After Police Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth - NBC New York

Man Awarded $37.5K After Police Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth

A state crime lab test cleared Daniel Rushing several weeks later, and he filed a lawsuit

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    Daniel Rushing poses with a Krispy Kreme donut on July 27, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Rushing, 64, was arrested in 2015 after an Orlando police officer mistook doughnut glaze in his car for crystal methamphetamine. He was later cleared of the charges and filed a lawsuit.

    A man arrested in Florida after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth has received a $37,500 settlement.

    Daniel Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel that he received a check last week from the city of Orlando.

    Rushing, 64, was arrested in December 2015 when Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins spotted flakes of glaze on his car's floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing told officers it was likely sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he'd eaten, but roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance.

    A state crime lab test cleared Rushing several weeks later, and he filed a lawsuit.

    Orlando police ended up training more than 730 officers how to properly use the field-test kits.

    Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for making an improper arrest.