Published January 14, 2015
A Florida man is suing local police after he says he spent three months in jail for chewing breath mints.
Donale May said he was pulled over for an expired tag on his car when an officer from the Kissimmee Police Department mistook the white candies in his mouth for crack cocaine and arrested him on drug charges, WFTV reported.
The officer claimed that he saw May purchase drugs, that May admitted to buying drugs and that the evidence tested positive for drugs, the station reported.
May, who denied the officer's claim, told WFTV that he spent three months in jail until Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office tests concluded that no drugs were found.
During that time May lost his job and his apartment as well as his car — after the police department towed it and auctioned it off, WFTV reported.
May is seeking compensation for his lost job and car, the station reported.