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Phillies Legend Lenny Dykstra Indicted on Drug, Threat Charges After Uber Arrest Earlier This Year

Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra indicted for drugs, threats

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    Lenny Dykstra Claims He Was Kidnapped by Uber Driver

    Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra, a three-time All-Star now perhaps best known for a series of bizarre and troubled incidents over the years, addressed his most recent fray -- an arrest over an Uber altercation -- at a news briefing, saying he was the one in fear for his life. (Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Phillies legend Lenny Dykstra was indicted on drug and other charges after allegedly threatening an Uber driver.

    • Police said an Uber driver told them the ex-all-star put a gun to his head when the driver declined his request to go somewhere else.

    • Dykstra has said that never happened (and no gun was found in the car); he said the Uber driver tried to hold him hostage.

    A grand jury in New Jersey indicted former baseball star Lenny Dykstra on drug and other charges stemming from an altercation with an Uber driver in May.

    The indictment handed up Tuesday charges the former Major League Baseball all-star with cocaine and methamphetamine possession, and making terroristic threats.

    All three are third-degree crimes and punishable by up to five years in prison.

    Dykstra claimed the driver threatened and tried to kidnap him early on the morning of May 23 after Dykstra asked to change the trip's destination. At a news conference a few weeks after the incident, Dykstra said the driver locked the car's doors and sped up, and that he was "literally in fear of my life."

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    The driver told a different story. He allegedly told police Dykstra held a gun to his head, though no weapon was found. Police said they found the drugs among Dykstra's possessions.

    Dykstra was arrested outside police headquarters in Linden, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of New York City, after the driver stopped and ran out of the car.

    Dykstra faces an arraignment on a date to be determined. An attorney for Dykstra didn't immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

    Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets and was a member of the Mets' 1986 championship team and the Phillies' 1993 National League champions.

    Since retiring from baseball, Dykstra has served prison time for bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering, and he declared bankruptcy in 2009, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.