Another day… another professional sports fielder gets popped for drug charges. *sigh*
For many longtime Atlanta Braves fans, Otis Nixon is a familiar name.
Nixon, who was once a stellar outfielder, collecting over 600 stolen bases in 17 seasons from 1983-99, played several teams including the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos.
He has faced several challenges since leaving baseball and is now facing drug charges following a weekend drug arrest in Cherokee County.
Details + mugshot below…
Nixon, 54, was stopped while driving in Cherokee County, Georgia and had a crack pipe in his pocket and a crack rock was discovered in his vehicle.
The former Braves outfielder was stopped by authorities on I-575 north early Saturday morning after a 911 caller reported a red Dodge Ram pickup truck driving erratically.
According to the police report, the call was placed shortly after midnight and a deputy dispatched to the scene pulled the truck over, while a state trooper assisted with the traffic stop.
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.
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. Nixon remained in jail Monday afternoon on $11,880 bond. (source)