Otis Nixon arrested on drug charges in Cherokee Co. - Fox 2 News Headlines

Otis Nixon arrested on drug charges in Cherokee Co.

Posted: Updated:
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -

Cherokee County authorities say former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon is facing drug charges after he was arrested over the weekend.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says a caller reported that Nixon's Dodge Ram truck was weaving in traffic on Interstate 575 northbound on Saturday.  Deputies pulled Nixon over on Airport Road, and he was given a field sobriety test, which they say he passed.

Deputies say they ended up finding what they believe was crack cocaine on Nixon and inside the truck.  Nixon has been charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a drug-related object.

According to the police report, Nixon told them the cocaine must have been left behind by his son. An officer said in the report that "Otis said he was always finding drugs and drug objects left by his son."

Authorities say a woman traveling with Nixon was not charged, and she was allowed to drive his vehicle home.

Nixon is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on a $11,880 bond.

In February, an undercover FOX 5 I-Team investigation exposed a scam Nixon was pulling on desperate families. He claimed his Otis Nixon Foundation could help get Georgia inmates released on early parole because he knew the governor and Parole Board chairman.

Several families complained to investigators
they gave Nixon as much as $1,000, but never got what he promised. It turned out that Nixon didn't even have an approved home to take parolees.

  • More SportsMore>>

  • Stewart says Ward’s death will affect him forever

    Stewart says Ward’s death will affect him forever

    Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.

    Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.

  • Falcons cut 7th-round draft pick Yawin Smallwood

    Falcons cut 7th-round draft pick Yawin Smallwood

    The Atlanta Falcons have cut 12 players, including linebacker Yawin Smallwood, a seventh-round pick from Connecticut, and running back Josh Vaughan.
    The Atlanta Falcons have cut 12 players, including linebacker Yawin Smallwood, a seventh-round pick from Connecticut, and running back Josh Vaughan.
  • Yates states case to be Falcons' backup QB

    Yates states case to be Falcons' backup QB

    T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback Thursday night, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in both teams' preseason finale.
    T.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback Thursday night, throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in both teams' preseason finale.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices