Former MLB outfielder Nixon arrested

Former Major League outfielder Otis Nixon has been arrested on

drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in suburban

Atlanta.

Nixon was pulled over just after midnight Saturday after another

driver called police to report a Dodge Ram truck weaving all over

the road, according to an incident report from the Cherokee County

Sheriff’s Office. The 54-year-old remained in jail Monday afternoon

on $11,880 bond.

Officers found a pipe for smoking crack cocaine in Nixon’s pants

pocket and found a suspected crack rock in the driver’s seat, the

report says. They later found another pipe and more suspected crack

rocks in the floor board of the driver’s side, as well as other

paraphernalia.

A sheriff’s deputy arrested Nixon on charges of possession of

cocaine and possession of a drug-related object. It wasn’t

immediately clear Monday whether Nixon had a lawyer.

Nixon told officers he was driving a friend home and didn’t

believe he was weaving. He told the sheriff’s deputy that the

substance officers found in the car was crack cocaine but said the

pipes and drugs belonged to his son and that he had been planning

to get rid of the pipe.

Officers conducted field sobriety tests and determined Nixon

wasn’t under the influence of crack cocaine or alcohol.

The speedy Nixon collected more than 600 stolen bases in 17

seasons from 1983-99. He played for several teams including the

Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos.