Georgia Southern starting quarterback Shai Werts had charges of misdemeanor cocaine possession dropped on Thursday, one week after the 21-year-old argued with police officers over a white substance on his vehicle they said tested positive as cocaine.
Werts contended it was “bird poop.”
Saluda County (S.C.) Deputy Solicitor Al Eargle told The Savannah Morning News that the substance confiscated could not be proven to be cocaine. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) tests revealed that no controlled substance was present on the samples taken from the hood of Werts’ vehicle that was pulled over for speeding on July 31.
In the initial Saluda County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office report, a white powdery substance was collected from the hood of the car. Two separate field tests of the substance (cocaine kits) conducted by deputies returned positive for cocaine, according the police report.
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In a dash cam video made public Thursday, Werts can be heard telling the officers, “That’s bird (expletive). I swear to God. Can I tell you something? That’s bird (expletive).” The Saluda County Sheriff’s officer didn’t buy it, saying: “Unless the bird inhaled cocaine.”
According to the police report, Werts initially didn’t stop when officers put on their sirens and called 911 instead because he didn’t feel safe on a secluded road. “I’m not going to pull over in the dark where no one around can see,” he said to police on the dash-cam video. “You know what’s been going on in the world. No offense to you, but I just didn’t feel comfortable, officer.”
Werts will still receive a speeding ticket but is cleared of other wrongdoing. He was suspended from the Eagles in the interim a few days after his arrest. The redshirt junior returned to the team on Sunday.
Werts was an All-Sun Belt Conference second teamer in Georgia Southern’s breakthrough 10-3 campaign in 2018, throwing for 987 yards and running for 908 while combining for 25 touchdowns. He was expected to start against LSU on Aug. 31.