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Lenny Dykstra Arrested In New Jersey For Threatening Uber Driver And Possessing Drugs

Police recovered cocaine, MDMA and pot from former MLB star Lenny Dykstra after the driver reported threats.

By Erica Pearson

Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra struck out with the law after threatening an Uber driver near his New Jersey home, cops said.

Dykstra, a three-time All Star, was arrested Wednesday while carrying drugs. He was hit was a third-degree charge of making of terroristic threats, along with several drug offenses.

The driver rolled up to the Linden Police Headquarters around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, honking repeatedly, and ran to tell police about the threats, the Linden Police Department said.

The driver told cops that just moments after he picked up Dykstra, 55, the former Mets and Phillies outfielder tried to change their set destination.

"When the driver refused, Dykstra allegedly put a weapon to his head and threatened to kill him," Lt. Christopher Guenther said in a statement.

When cops searched the car, they didn't find a gun — but they did find plenty of drugs. They recovered cocaine, MDMA and pot in Dykstra's things, police said.

Out on a summons, Dykstra took to Twitter and tried to shake it off, quoting Taylor Swift.
"But I keep cruising, can't stop, won't stop moving. It's like I got this music in my mind, sayin' gonna be alright," Dykstra tweeted. He also quoted Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson lyrics.

Dykstra told the New York Daily News the driver took him hostage and went "nuclear" on him.

"He f---ing kidnapped me and almost killed me going 100 mph. He locked me in his f---ing car, and he wouldn't let me out," he said.

Dykstra is set to appear in court next month.

After his arrest, the Phillies announced that Dykstra had been taken off the guest list for the team's 25th anniversary celebration of its 1993 National League championship team next month.

The team said in a statement it was snubbing Dykstra in "the interest of keeping the focus on the entire 1993 team, rather than one individual."

"While the club recognizes Lenny's immense contributions to the 1993 season, we believe his presence could distract from the celebration of this beloved team," the team said. 

Dykstra has been in trouble with the law many times since retiring in 1996 — including admitting to stealing his own valuables in 2012 from his $18 million California mansion to sell them under the table after filing for bankruptcy, NJ.com reported at the time.

[Photo: Linden Police Department]

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