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Police: Substance on Georgia Southern QB's car that he claimed was bird poop tested for cocaine

Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts was the team's second-leading rusher in 2018 and had 25 total touchdowns. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Georgia Southern QB Shai Werts has been suspended by the team indefinitely following his arrest after a traffic stop on Wednesday night.

Werts, the team’s starting quarterback, was allegedly going to be pulled over for speeding by Saluda, South Carolina, police. After reportedly calling police to say he wanted to keep going and pull over in a more well-lit area, he did pull over. And that’s where police allegedly found a substance on the hood of his car that Werts said was bird poop.

Per police, the substance tested positive for cocaine. Werts has been charged with a misdemeanor for cocaine possession.

From the George-Anne:

Werts stated it was bird poop that he tried to clean at the beginning of the week at the local car wash.

"Everything about him and inside his vehicle made him appear as a clean person but the hood of his car was out of place," the report states.

Werts denied knowledge of origin of the cocaine, according to the report.

The powder appeared to have been "thrown on the vehicle and had been attempted to be washed off by the windshield wipers, and wiper fluid as there was white powder substance around the areas of the wiper fluid dispensary," the officer wrote.

His suspension was announced Friday morning by Georgia Southern coach Chad Lunsford. Defensive end Quan Griffin has also been suspended from the team and is facing multiple charges in what’s been reported as a domestic dispute.

Werts started 10 games for the Eagles in 2018 as Georgia Southern went from 2-10 in 2017 to 10-3 and Camellia Bowl champions in 2018. He was the team’s second-leading rusher with 908 yards and 15 touchdowns and was 69-of-116 passing for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports

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