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Man Arrested Because Orlando Police Thought Doughnut Glaze Was Meth

Jul 29, 2016

An 64-year-old Orlando man has been cleared of criminal charges following his December arrest, when police officers thought a "rock like substance" on the floor of his car—actually the dried glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut—was crystal meth.

Daniel Frederick Rushing was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after he was pulled over for speeding, NBC 6 reports. The arresting officer stated in a police report that she had "recognized, through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer," a dried substance on the floor of Rushing's car to be "the substance to be some sort of narcotic." The officer performed two separate field tests, which tested positive for the presence of amphetamines.

Rushing used to buy a doughnut every other Wednesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A state crime lab tested the caked glaze a several weeks after his arrest and cleared him

"I kept telling them, 'That's … glaze from a doughnut. … They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth,'" Rushing told the Sentinel.

Rushing has hired a lawyer and plans to ask the city to pay him damages.

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