• Cocaine charge dropped against Georgia Southern QB

    By: Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    South Carolina prosecutors have dropped a cocaine charge against a Georgia Southern University quarterback arrested last week during a traffic stop.

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    Shai Werts, who starts for Georgia Southern, was arrested July 31 after getting pulled over on suspicion of speeding in Saluda County.

    Police charged him with cocaine possession after conducting roadside tests on a substance collected from the hood of Werts’ 2016 Dodge Charger, the Savannah Morning News reported.

    The 21-year-old told the officer the substance on his car was bird poop, according to dash camera footage posted online by Savannah news station WJCL

    “I swear to God, that’s bird doo-doo,” Werts told the officer.

    “I swear to God, it’s not,” the officer said. “I just tested it, and it turned pink.”

    Rick Hubbard, solicitor for the state’s 11th judicial circuit, said the decision to drop the charge against Werts was made before the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division informed his office that an analysis of the substance collected from the quarterback’s car proved not to be cocaine.

    “Upon a thorough review of the report, the dash camera, and the body camera, Deputy Solicitor Al Eargle and I made the decision that the charge should be appropriately dismissed,” Hubbard said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The charge lacks prosecutorial merit and the evidence is insufficient for the State to proceed.”

    The Eagles’ quarterback was suspended from the team for two days before returning to practice last weekend after passing a drug test, according to media reports. The football player’s attorney told the Morning News he would not advise his client to seek a public apology from the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office. 

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