Lenny Dykstra was indicted Wednesday on charges of cocaine possession, meth possession and making terroristic threats, according to TMZ, dating back to an incident with an Uber driver in May.
It’s not the first troublesome incident for the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies player who took the field in the 1980s and ’90s. He’s already served six and a half months in prison previously and could return on the charges filed in Union County, New Jersey.
He faces 3 to 5 years on each charge.
Why happened with Dykstra and the Uber driver?
Dykstra was arrested in May after allegedly threatening an Uber driver with a gun. According to the police report, Dykstra requested an early morning Uber ride from Linden, New Jersey, and once in the car he changed his destination to Staten Island.
The driver said Dykstra would have to change it in the app in order to be driven there, and the former major leaguer reportedly got hostile.
“Dykstra then placed a black pill bag with an object [the driver] believed to be a gun to his head and said ‘take me to Staten Island or I’ll blow your (expletive) head off,” according to the police report.
The driver drove Dykstra to the Linden Police station and ran screaming for help. Dykstra told officers he was kidnapped and allowed police to search him. Though he recanted his permission, police determined probable cause and found what they believe to be marijuana, a glass pipe, a straw with suspected cocaine residue, a vial of suspected cocaine and two pills thought to be MDMA.
What is Dykstra’s side of the story?
Dykstra has denied the driver’s side of the story from the beginning, including in police body cam video obtained by TMZ. He told the police the driver was going to kill him, that the driver drove 100 mph to get to the station, and said multiple times he didn’t have a firearm.
Dykstra held a news conference with his attorneys after the arrest to tell his story, claiming the driver kidnapped him. He filed a countersuit against the driver.
His camp seems to still be sticking to this side of the events, enough so that Dykstra’s attorney, Matthew Blit, told this to TMZ Sports:
“A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich. The evidence in this case overwhelmingly confirms Lenny is innocent.”
Has Dykstra been in trouble before?
Oh, yes. The 55-year-old served time for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement. He’s declared bankruptcy, attended rehab, admitted to steroids and written a book.
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