Former MLB star Otis Nixon was arrested over the weekend after he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in an Atlanta suburb.
Nixon was pulled over after his Dodge Ram truck was spotted weaving all over the road after midnight Saturday. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the 54-year-old former baseball star was still being held behind bars on Monday afternoon following $11,880 bond.
When he was pulled over Otis Nixon was found to be carrying a crack pipe in his pocket. Officers found the cocaine smoking paraphernalia in Otis’ pocket, and they later discovered a suspected crack rock in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Searching the vehicle further, officers later found another pipe and more suspected crack rocks in the floor board of the driver’s side. Other paraphernalia was also found inside the vehicle.
Otis Nixon was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a drug-related object.
When pulled over Nixon told officers that he didn’t believe he was swerving. After the drugs and paraphernalia were discovered, Nixon blamed his son, telling officers that he was planning to throw away the crack pipe and drugs.
Officers provided Otis Nixon with a field sobriety test and determined that he was NOT under the influence of alcohol, crack cocaine, or other substances.
During his time in the MLB, Otis Nixon was one of the best stolen base runners in the league, racking up more than 600 steals during his 17 season career that spanned from 1983-1999.
Otis played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and Montreal Expos.