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.

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