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May 23, 2018

Former Phillies slugger Lenny Dykstra charged for allegedly threatening Uber driver

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Lenny Dykstra Mugshot Source/Linden Township Police Department

Lenny Dykstra, 55, arrested in Linden Township on charges that he threatened an Uber driver and had drugs in his possession.

Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra, a man whose run-ins with the law may rival his RBIs some day, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges that he allegedly threatened a New Jersey Uber driver with a gun and had various drugs in his possession.

Authorities in Linden Township charged Dykstra, 55, after the Uber driver told police what allegedly led to an altercation in his vehicle, according to

Dykstra allegedly pulled a gun on the driver and threatened to kill him when he refused to change the destination for the ride. The driver was able to get the attention of police by pulling into a parking lot next to the station and honking his horn repeatedly.

Investigators said they found no weapon but did recover cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy.

Trouble has followed Dykstra for most of his post-baseball life following his retirement in 1996.

He served 6 1/2 months in prison in 2012 after filing for bankruptcy and then looting and selling $18 million worth of valuables from his own California mansion. He was charged with stealing $50,000 of jewelry from a porn star in 2015 and has faced sexual assault and harassment allegations from multiple women over the years.

Dykstra, who went by the nickname Nails, re-entered the spotlight in recent years with an abrasive social media presence, a memoir and splashy headlines involving his fraught relationship with celebrity Charlie Sheen.

In Wednesday's incident, police charged Dykstra with making terroristic threats and several drug offenses.