Man arrested for doughnut glaze gets really sweet settlement from city


Rushing was taken to jail in 2015 by Cpl.

Rushing sued the city over the incident and after a settlement, the City of Orlando agreed to pay him $37,500 for the wrongful arrest, reports said.

In Riggs-Hopkins arrest report, she wrote he noticed a "rock like substance" on the floorboard of Rushing's vehicle and, through several years of experience in law enforcement recognized the substance as some sort of narcotic. "Then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth'". Riggs-Hopkins arrested Rushing and took him into custody on the charge of possession of methamphetamine with a firearm.

The Sentinel reported last week that the city of Orlando shelled out $37,500 to Rushing to settle the case. Riggs-Hopkins had been keeping an eye on the convenience store because of "citizen complaints about drug activity" and thought it was suspicious that Rushing, who was giving a lift to a friend, left without buying anything, in the company of a "black female employee of the 7-11".

It's not clear why the glaze tested positive for amphetamine in field tests.

Rushing was exonerated by a crime lab a few weeks later, but he told the Orlando Sentinel that he couldn't get a job because the arrest was on his record.

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Another test, this time performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, determined it was sugar from the doughnut.

"I couldn't believe it", Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel.

"It's an incredible feeling to get arrested when you haven't done anything wrong", Rushing told WFTV when he filed the lawsuit in October 2016. According to WHAS-TV, however, the officers who administered the drug tests had "not been trained properly" to use them.

"I kept telling them, 'That's...glaze from a doughnut", Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel "They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first".

He just doesn't eat it in his auto.