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Body cam video of Georgia Southern's Shai Werts public after bizarre bird poop arrest

Sporting News logo Sporting News 8/11/2019 Gabrielle McMillen
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The strange arrest of Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts has gotten stranger after body cam footage of the incident was revealed.

Werts was charged with cocaine possession and speeding in Saluda County, South Carolina, on July 31, which led to him being arrested.

The bizarre part of his arrest was that police saw a substance on the hood of his car, which he said was bird poop. Body cam footage revealed police testing the substance and seeming surprised that the test turned pink, which indicated cocaine was present.

Before Werts was pulled over, he called dispatch to say he would pull over closer to town, where it was better lit. Once stopped, officers can be heard saying he was going to jail. This was before the substance on the car was tested.

Werts can also be heard saying it was bird poop on his car and that he had tried washing it off the day before.

It was later determined that the substance was not drugs at all. Werts had been suspended by the team on Aug. 2, but was reinstated two days later once the drug charge was dropped.

“It’s been difficult,” Werts said Saturday, via the Savannah Morning News. “I stayed down and I knew that the truth was eventually going to come out. Just didn’t know how long it would take. It’s definitely been hard to deal with.

“It was just more frustration than anything because I know I didn’t do anything wrong,” Werts added. “But I’m just glad it’s over with. But yeah, I would definitely say it was frustration more than anything because I wasn’t worried about (the tests) coming back saying it was what they said it was.

“If you know me, then you know I wouldn’t do stuff like that.”

According to Werts' attorney, he has never seen something like this happen during the time he practiced law.

“(The case) is very bizarre," William Townes Jones told ESPN. "You don't see these. I've been doing this for 30 years, and you don't see ones like these very often. Fortunately, in my view, the appropriate outcome has been reached and in a timely way. I commend the prosecutor for taking the time to get on it."

Last season, Werts started 10 games for the Eagles, completing 69 of 116 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns to no interceptions. He also rushed for 908 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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