A drug possession charge against Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts has been dropped.
WJCL 22 News bringing you the news Thursday afternoon first on social media and a full report on WJCL 22 News at Five.
Wert’s attorney Townes Jones IV telling WJCL that the Saluda County, South Carolina Solicitors Office contacted him around 3:30 pm to inform him that a possession of cocaine charge against his client will be dropped.
The 11th District Solicitors Office also telling WJCL 22 News about their decision.
“There was no way to prove (Shai) had any idea what the substance on his car was.”
The charge for speeding will remain.
According to an incident report from the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, Werts, 21, was clocked going 80 mph in Saluda the night of July 31.
After several attempts to pull his vehicle over, during which he reportedly called 911 to say he planned to drive closer into town to a more well-lit area, Werts was charged with speeding.
Authorities then say they noticed a white substance on the hood of his car that twice tested positive for cocaine. According to the report, Werts said it was bird poop and he had attempted to wash it off at a car wash in Newberry days earlier.
The report indicated the substance that tested positive for cocaine did appear to have been wiped by windshield wipers and wiper fluid. Werts was then charged with possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.
Werts was suspended from all team activities following the arrest, however the two-year starter returned for the third practice of preseason camp after passing a drug test.
With the charge of possession of cocaine dropped, Werts should see no further suspension.
[via WJCL 22 News]