Peanut butter and jelly. Guacamole and chips. Beer and pizza. And well, cops and donuts? Some things just seem to go together, or at least pop culture would like us to believe that our crime-fighting blue-suited folks opt for a glazed donut with their coffee more than any other breakfast food or pastry. And that's why a recent donut-related police fumble has a sweet irony. Here's what happened...
Cops in Orlando, Florida were going about their daily routine when they received notice about drug activity in the area. When they arrived, they quickly spotted 64-year-old Daniel Rushing, who was driving 12 miles over the speed limit in a 30 MPH zone.
They pulled him over, and while they were talking to him, they saw a white substance in his car. This encouraged the cops to search the vehicle, thinking they would find meth or some sort of narcotic, as one officer wrote in her report: "I recognized through my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic.”
When she found some chunks of that white substance, she did a quickie drug roadside test and apparently confirmed the substance as methamphetamine. Rushing, meanwhile, was just trying to explain that he had a craving for a donut, and that those flakes were from the glaze, and he doesn't do drugs. As he told The Orlando Sentinel,“‘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.”
So what was the verdict after a two-week investigation by the state?
Donuts. Rushing had a hankering for the stuff, and though sugar is incredibly addictive… it’s not illegal. Good news for Rushing, since his weekly treat (on Wednesdays) is a donut from Krispy Kreme that he eats in his car.
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