Lenny Dykstra

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Dykstra Says He Thought His Life Was In Jeopardy In Uber Before He Was Arrested

June 08, 2018 - 3:48 pm

LINDEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Former New York Mets baseball player Lenny Dykstra spoke out Friday about last month’s quarrel with an Uber driver in Linden, New Jersey.

Dykstra was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at the driver and threatened to kill him.

“I was literally in fear of my life, and I called 911, and I was screaming that this man is crazy. ‘He’s kidnapped me! He’s kidnapped me!’ I said, ‘What are you doing? What? You’re going to kill me. What are you doing?’” Dykstra said.

Dykstra reemphasized he thought his life was in jeopardy.

“All I asked him to do is to go to the right destination. He went crazy. And again, I literally thought this guy was going to kill me, OK? And then he locked me in the car,” he said. “I said, ‘What are you doing?’ Let me out! Get me out of here!’”

The 47-year-old driver told police that while in his car, Dykstra asked to change the destination, but the driver said no. That is when Dykstra allegedly whipped out a gun and threatened to shoot the driver.

The driver then sped to a garage near the police department and honked his horn repeatedly before running out of the car, police said.

A weapon was not found, but police said Dykstra had marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy when he was taken into custody.