Shai Werts, a star football player at Georgia Southern University, left his grandmother’s house in Clinton, S.C., last month to drive three hours back to college.
He was told he had been pulled over because he was speeding and didn’t immediately stop for officers – because he was afraid. He called 911 to let them know he was trying to get to a better-lit town than the remote road he was on.
“I’m not going to pull over in the dark where no one around can see,” Werts said 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.”
As soon as he was pulled over, the officers focused on a white smear, what they described as a “white powder” on the hood of his car. The video shows Werts sounding very confused and trying to explain that it’s bird poop.
But the cops didn’t believe him, especially after they used a field-testing kit and it bafflingly showed that it was cocaine, and they arrested him as Werts pleaded that it wasn’t the drug.
Consequently, Werts was suspended for two days but was then allowed to return to practice. He was banned from the season-opening game while the case took a turn.
On Thursday, he was in a meeting with coaches and players when his attorney called with the news that the drug case had been dropped – because it was bird poop, not cocaine on the hood of his car.
The field-testing kits that officers used are notoriously faulty. In 2016, the New York Times and ProPublica found that field-testing drug kits, which cost about $2 a piece, can make a substance show positive as cocaine from officer errors, the weather or poor lighting, and are so common that as many as one in three tests might come back wrong, The Post reported.
Werts still faces a speeding charge but has no plans to seek an apology from the sheriff’s department over his drug arrest. There has been no apology issued from the sheriff’s department.