Yahoo News reports that former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon has been arrested for drugs in Cherokee County:
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.
During my tenure as a Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney, I prosecuted Mr. Nixon for an Aggravated Assault charge at a low-rent Gwinnett hotel, which I recall as stemming from a dispute over crack cocaine.
Mr. Nixon was very pleasant and friendly in court. He was respectful and conducted himself with humble decorum, gladly signing autographs for a few court personnel. He appeared then to be a good person dealing with a very bad drug addiction, and he knew it.
But that was then and this is now. I wish him well.
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