Man sues city after police officers mistake Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze for meth

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Daniel Rushing poses with the Krispy Kreme donut he purchases every other Wednesday on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Rushing, 64, a retired city employee, had just left a 7-Eleven on West Colonial Drive when an Orlando police officer pulled him over. When she looked inside the car, Officer Shelby Riggs-Hopkins spotted something suspicious on the floorboard - pieces of a "rock-like" substance. She conducted a field drug test. The results: methamphetamine. She handcuffed Rushing and took him to jail. It turned out the "methamphetamine" were pieces of glaze that had fallen off a Krispie Kreme Doughnut. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Daniel Rushing, 64, a retired city employee, had just left a 7-Eleven on West Colonial Drive when an Orlando police officer pulled him over. When she looked inside the car, Officer Shelby Riggs-Hopkins spotted something suspicious on the floorboard – pieces of a “rock-like” substance. She conducted a field drug test. The results: methamphetamine. She handcuffed Rushing and took him to jail. It turned out the meth was bits of glaze that had fallen off a Krispy Kreme Doughnut. Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Daniel Rushing filed a lawsuit last week, claiming negligence by the city and the kit’s manufacturer.

Rushing was arrested on drug charges last December when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.

Rushing told officers it was likely sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he’d eaten, but two roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance.

A state crime lab test cleared Rushing several weeks later and charges were dropped.

Orlando police have said the arrest was lawful. The paper states the city declined comment.

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