Man handed large settlement after police mistake his doughnut glaze crumbs for meth

Man handed large settlement after police mistake his doughnut glaze crumbs for meth

Police mistook glazed doughnut crumbs for meth (Stock image)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A man has been given a $37,500 (£28,269) settlement after he was arrested because police thought doughnut glaze in his car was meth.

Daniel Rushing was pulled over by police in Florida two years ago for a traffic violation but officers then spotted what they thought could be drugs on his car floor.

He was arrested and spent 10 hours in prison, despite telling the police the crumbs were from a doughnut, as officers still believed it was likely to be a narcotic.

The crumbs were tested with a roadside kit which also showed a positive result, according to The Week.

However when samples were sent to a lab to be analysed it was proved that Rushing had been telling the truth.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never even smoked a cigarette before, let alone meth.”

Rushing claims the problem is police are still using kits to test material at the roadside even though there are issues with such equipment. He has even suggested he would like to run for local political office to push for changes to the law.

Despite the confusion, Rushing has said he is not angry towards the police department and said in fact the officer arresting him was “very polite and nice.”

The 65-year-old previously worked for the city’s parks department but is now finding it hard to get a job as people know he's been arrested after looking online.