Otis Nixon was arrested early Sunday morning after police officers found a pipe for smoking crack cocaine in the pocket of his pants and a suspected crack rock in his truck.
The former MLB outfielder was pulled over by police in suburban Atlanta after his Dodge Ram truck was spotted swerving all over the road.
In an incident report filed by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, it was revealed cops later found a second pipe and more suspected crack rocks in the floor board of the driver’s side. Further drugs paraphernalia was also recovered from the vehicle.
Otis Nixon was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a drug-related object. As of Monday afternoon, he remains in jail on a bond of $11,880. It is unknown whether Nixon has a lawyer.
After being stopped, Nixon informed officers he was driving a friend home and denied his vehicle had been weaving. He admitted to the sheriff’s deputy that the substance found in the car was crack cocaine but claimed he was intending to get rid of the pipe and that the drugs belonged to his son.
After Otis Nixon was arrested, police carried out field sobriety tests, which determined Nixon did not have crack cocaine or alcohol in his system.
MLB journeyman Nixon, who had spells at the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Minnesota Twins, has battled drug problems in the past. In recent years, he started up his own ministry.
An MLB veteran of 17 years, Nixon collected more than 600 stolen bases from 1983 to 1999.