Man awarded damages after police mistake doughnut glaze for meth

MIAMI, FL - MAY 09:  In this photo illustration, Krispy Kreme Donuts are seen on May 09, 2016 in Miami, Florida.  JAB Holdings Company, announced it is acquiring Krispy Kreme Donuts in a deal valued at $1.35 billion.  (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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A Florida man has been awarded NZ$52,000 after police mistook doughnut crumbs in his car for crystal meth.

Daniel Rushing was pulled over in 2015 for speeding when Orlando police noticed the "white substance" on his floor, ABC News reports.

Despite Mr Rushing insisting it was glaze from his Krispy Kreme doughnut, he was accused of having drugs.

Officers then administered roadside drug tests, which they were not trained to use - which came back positive for cocaine.

Mr Rushing spent 10 hours in jail before being released on a bond. But when lab results were later returned, police realised their mistake.

He told the court it has affected his ability to find work, as employers can search online and see he was arrested.

He has since received NZ$52,000 in damages - enough for plenty more guilt-free doughnuts in the future.