College Quarterback Arrested After Officers Mistake Bird Poop For Cocaine

September 23, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

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A drug charge has been dropped against a Georgia Southern quarterback after a white substance he identified as bird poop on his car’s hood tested negative for cocaine.

A Saluda County Sheriff’s Office police report said deputies pulled Shai Werts over for speeding July 31 and noticed two white spots on his car they thought were cocaine. The report says Werts told them it was bird poop he had tried to wash off. The deputies then did a field test that came back positive for cocaine and charged him with possession of the drug.

Here’s the exchange on dashcam video between the deputy and Werts:

Deputy: “All right man. I don’t know what you got going on in your life or whatever. But that’s a field test kit. It’s distributed to us by the state–“
Werts: “Sir…”
Deputy: “If it turns pink or blue it means it’s positive for cocaine It doesn’t just turn–“
Werts: “It’s bird (bleep).”
Deputy: “It’s not bird (bleep)”
Werts: “I swear to God.”
Deputy: “It looks nothing like bird poop man. We know what bird poop looks like.”

Werts was charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession and speeding and spent the night in jail. He was also suspended from GSU team activities after the arrest.

“I have no reason to lie about cocaine,” you can hear Werts tell the deputy while handcuffed in the back of the patrol car. “I play football sir. I don’t do cocaine.”

But, prosecutors announced they were dropping the charges … admitting the substance on Werts’ car was NOT cocaine.

“I was informed that the test did come back and that there was no controlled substance found,” Saluda County prosecutor Al Eargle told the Savannah Morning News.

Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein announced the team was “elated to get the news” regarding Werts … and said the QB is no longer subject to punishment over the incident.


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