As if "the dumb" couldn't get any worse in Florida, now the police are joining in the fun. So, Daniel Rushing, of Orlando, treats himself to a Krispy Kreme doughnut every other Wednesday. He used to eat them in his car. Well, not anymore.
Not since a couple of Orlando police officers pulled him over, spotted some tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and arrested him, claiming the pieces of frosting were crystal methamphetamine. The officers even did two roadside drug tests and both cam back positive for the illegal substance, according to the police report. Sounds to me someone didn't clean their test vials good enough. Then again, Krispy Kreme is pretty addicting, so it's possible that they coat their donuts with crystal meth.
Rushing was handcuffed, arrested, and taken to the county jail where he was strip searched. A state crime lab, however, did another test several weeks later and cleared him of all charges. Rushing said, "It feels scary when you haven't done anything wrong and get arrested....It's just a terrible feeling." Yeah, no shit! Not to mention embarrassing!
Rushing, who is 64, was arrested around 1 p.m.on December 11 at Robinson Street and Parramore Avenue. He had just dropped off a neighbor at the hospital for a chemotherapy session, which is something he did every Friday, he said. Then he went to the 7-Eleven store on Colonial Drive to give another friend, an elderly church lady, a ride home. Sounds to me this guy is a good samaritan and not a drug addict.
The officer who made the arrest is an eight year department vet who staked out the 7-Eleven because of complaints about the drug activity. She pulled Rushing over because he failed to come to a complete stop (who the hell comes to a complete stop anyway) before pulling out of the convenience store parking lot and because he was driving 42 in a 30. When Rushing opened his wallet, she saw he had a concealed weapons permit. He told her that he had a gun and she asked him to step out of his small Chevy. That's when she spotted a "rock like substance on the floor board where his feet were." She asked for permission to search his vehicle, which he agreed to since he had nothing to hide.
The officer and her partners spotted three other pieces of the suspicious substance in his car. Rushing said that he kept telling the officers, "That's glaze from a doughnut, but they tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth.'" The report does confirm that he tried to tell the officers that.
Rushing was booked into the county jail on a charge of possession of meth with a firearm. He was locked up for about 10 hours before he was released on $2,500 bond. An Orlando crime lab did not try to identify what the officers found in his car. They only checked to determine whether it was an illegal drug and confirmed that it wasn't. Three days later Rushing was free of all charges.
I don't know about you, but it sounds to me that Rushing has a strong case of defamating of character here against the Orlando police department. They arrested him in broad daylight and charged him of drug possession and possession of a firearm. Didn't the report say he had a permit to carry that firearm and the drug was doughnut frosting. Talk about a pie in the face to the O-Town PD. Wow! If I was Rushing, I would sue the pants off of the police department. Then again, Florida is known for it's stupidity, so I guess it's just "a day in the life..."