Former MLB star Dykstra indicted for drugs, threats

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

A May incident that started with an alleged assault of an Uber driver and ended with a Taylor Swift-inspired Twitter rant has led Lenny Dykstra to be indicted on a pair of drug charges as well as on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

As we previously reported, Dykstra was arrested back in May after allegedly threatening his Uber driver - who then stopped the vehicle in front of a police station. All of the charges are third-degree crimes.

Less than a month later, Dykstra told reporters that the Uber driver had threatened and kidnapped him and that he called 911 because he was "in fear of my life".

But, the grand jury clearly believes there's enough truth behind the Uber driver's story to move forward with charges against the 55-year-old.

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When he was arrested in May, police didn't find a weapon in Dykstra's possession, though they did claim that drugs were discovered.

Dykstra could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Suzanne Russell of the Courier News. An attorney for Dykstra didn't immediately return a phone message Wednesday. He won a World Series with the Mets in 1986 and helped the Phillies to a National League pennant in 1993.

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.

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