Police Officer Punished After Mistaking Man's Doughnut Leftovers for Meth

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Officials in Florida say an Orlando police officer who mistakenly arrested a man after misidentifying doughnut glaze for meth has been disciplined.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins was given a written reprimand for making an improper arrest after mistaking a man’s Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze as meth littering the car floor.

The doughnut-eater, Daniel Rushing, 65, was pulled over in December of 2015 and had just dropped off a friend at a chemotherapy treatment. The officer alleged that Rushing failed to come to a complete stop before pulling out of a convenience store parking lot.

During the stop, The Orlando Sentinel reports Riggs-Hopkins said she detected “a rock like substance on the floor board where his feet were,” which was then field-tested in a roadside assessment with a positive result for pieces of crystal methamphetamine.

Despite telling officers it was likely sugar from his Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Rushing was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine with a firearm, and according to the paper was held for 10 hours.

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

Rushing told the paper that the whole incident left a terrible feeling.

“It feels scary when you haven’t done anything wrong and get arrested,” he said.

In an internal affairs report released Thursday by the Orlando Police Department, there was no evidence Riggs-Hopkins acted in bad faith.

However, the report states the department never trained its officers to use the department-issued roadside drug tests.

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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting new people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker.