Georgia Southern quarterback cleared after S.C. cops mistake bird poop for cocaine
Charges of cocaine possession were dropped against Georgia Southern University’s starting quarterback Shai Werts this week after lab results show what police thought was drugs more than likely was bird poop, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Officers in Clinton, S.C. mistook bird poop on the hood of Werts’ 2016 Dodge Charger for cocaine on July 31, according to TMZ Sports. The incident was captured on the arresting officers’ dash cam after Werts was pulled over for allegedly speeding.
In the video, the cops are seen paying close attention to the hood of Werts’ vehicle after they place him in the rear of the patrol car.
One of the officers walked back to the patrol car asking, “What’s all that white stuff on the front of your hood, man?”
“Bird (feces),” the 21-year old man replied.
The officer appeared skeptical and repeatedly told Werts that not only does the the substance in question not look like poop, it’s apparently a controlled substance.
“I swear to God it’s not (bird feces),” the officer said, “because I just tested it, and that turned pink.”
Georgia Southern QB Shai Wertz had his cocaine possession charge dropped because it was actually bird poop on his car.
Soooo do that law enforcement precinct have a completely faulty test for cocaine that would turn bird poop pink or was the cop flat out lying?
— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) August 9, 2019
The quarterback insists multiple times that it’s not drugs, but the officer doesn’t buy it, telling him it tested positive for cocaine. In addition to the misdemeanor drug charge and speeding violation, Werts was suspended from team activities at the university.
Prosecutors on Thursday released a statement that the substance was not cocaine and they dropped the charges against Werts.
“On August 8, 2019, SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) received the substance and completed drug analysis. The forensic scientist determined that no controlled substance was detected,” the statement said in part. “The Solicitor’s Office has begun the expungement process to have this charge removed from the system to ensure that this arrest and charge does not create a criminal history for Werts.”
The university reinstated Werts on Friday.
According to TMZ, Werts has been a star for the Eagles the past two seasons, rushing for 1,630 yards and 18 touchdowns in addition to 1,916 yards and 17 passing touchdowns in 24 career games. In 2018, he had no interceptions.
Georgia Southern’s record was 10-3 last season and the team is set to open the season against Louisiana State University on Aug. 31.
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