Are you a fan of doughnuts? Well, I sure am. As the saying goes, “doughnuts make me go nuts.” For this 65-year-old man in Florida, his doughnut-eating habits earned him $37,500 after a bizarre police mix-up.
Daniel Rushing of Orlando, Florida was taking his friend from church to a chemotherapy session when he was pulled over for speeding. What happened next was not what anyone would have expected.
Rushing had recently left a 7-Eleven that was being watched by police for drug activity, so police were already on alert for potential drug dealers. Police saw that Rushing had a concealed-weapons permit and asked him to step out of his car.
Police then searched Rushing’s car after he permitted them to do so, and the police then found what appeared to be a crystal-like substance on the floor of his car. The police tested the substance, and it came up positive for methamphetamine.
“I’ve never even smoked a cigarette!” Rushing proclaimed to the police. He tried to explain that it was just glaze from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, but the police would not listen. He was arrested for meth possession while armed and thrown in jail.
After 10 hours of sitting in jail, he made bail and was released. When Rushing was found to be telling the truth about his doughnut mess, he settled with the city after he filed a lawsuit and was awarded $37,500 from the city.
NPR has reported that the drug-testing kits used by law enforcement are often inaccurate. 21% of evidence has been wrongly determined by Florida police to be methamphetamine.
In Rushing’s case, the police were not trained properly to use the testing kit. These kits can be spoiled by anything from the weather to human error.
What do you think of Rushing’s doughnut story? How many times have you left a doughnut mess in your car? Let us know in the comments!