CANTON — Former Atlanta Braves center fielder Otis Nixon, 45, of Ranger, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drug charges from an arrest on Interstate 575 in May.
Nixon was arrested again because the person who bonded him out of jail in May decided to no longer back his bond, authorities said.
The former Brave, who is known for speed and and his role in the team’s success in the early 1990s, was first arrested in Cherokee County on May 4 near Ball Ground, where police say he had cocaine and a pipe with him.
Just before being arrested, Nixon reportedly told Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies the items belonged to his son, who he said often left things like crack and pipes laying around.
Nixon was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a drug-related object, and pleaded not guilty to both charges during his arraignment Tuesday, according to the Clerk of Superior Court’s office.
Also Tuesday, Nixon was arrested again at about 11 a.m. at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, said Lt. Jamie Gianfala, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Gianfala said the 54-year-old still faces the charges from the May arrest, and was not charged with any new crimes Tuesday.
Instead, the arrest was merely “procedural,” Gianfala said.
Occasionally, the person holding a suspect’s bond will decide they are no longer able to guarantee the debt, which in Nixon’s case, was $11,880.
Gianfala said it was arranged for Nixon to be re-arrested and bonded out again.
Nixon was taken into custody and bonded out about eight hours later on the same bond amount by Anytime Bonding, Gianfala said.