Have you ever been pulled over for DWD? Driving while doughnutting? 64-year-old Daniel Rushing has. Back in December of last year, an officer was watching a 7-Eleven store for suspected drug activity. When Rushing left the store, the officer pulled him over because he failed to make a complete stop before pulling out of the parking lot.
The officer, an eight-year veteran named Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, asked Rushing to exit his vehicle once she noticed a concealed carry permit inside his wallet. He confirmed that he had a gun on him at the time.
While looking inside his vehicle, Hopkins saw a “rock like substance on the floor board where his feet were.”
In her report she wrote, “I recognized through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic.” Rushing, having nothing to hide except for a few empty calories, consented to a search of his vehicle.
Officers found three more pieces of the “suspicious substance,” which Rushing told police was simply glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut he had been eating. Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel the following…
“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.’”
After two unreliable roadside tests came back positive for illegal substances, Rushing was arrested on a methamphetamine possession charge. They strip searched him and released him from jail 10 hours later on $2,500 bail.
Fast forward several weeks later, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab confirmed Rushing was telling the officer the truth. It truly was doughnut dust.
He’s now hired an attorney and is seeking damages from the city, “I just don’t want this to happen to anybody else. I got arrested for no reason at all,” he told reporters.