Twenty-one-year-old college football quarterback Shai Werts, was falsely accused of being in possession of cocaine after Georgia Southern police mistook bird poop for a controlled substance.
The video, which was recorded during the arrest on July 31, shows Werts was pulled over in Clinton, South Carolina, after officers said he was speeding.
During the stop, Werts was placed in the back of the patrol car while the police searched his vehicle. After some searching, officers allegedly found a white substance on it.
An officer then asked Werts about the white stuff on the front of his hood.
Werts quickly responded, “Bird [obscenity].”
The officer didn’t believe him, repeating again and again that the substance doesn’t look like bird poop and indicated that test results proved it was positive for cocaine.
“I swear to God it’s not [bird poo],” the officer says, “because I just tested it, and that turned pink.”
Werts was subsequently arrested and charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession and speeding. After the arrest, the GSU’s junior starting quarterback was also suspended from Georgia State University’s team activities.
However, late on Thursday, prosecutors announced they were dropping the charges, admitting the substance on Werts’s car was NOT cocaine.
“On August 8, 2019, SLED [South Carolina Law Enforcement Division] received the substance and completed the drug analysis,” the statement said. “The forensic scientist determined that no controlled substance was detected.”
Accordingly, this arrest and charge do not create a criminal history for Werts, the statement said.
Werts will be able to return to his team and is expected to open the season on Aug. 31.