Police body camera video shows New York Mets great Lenny Dykstra irate and at times charging at an driver who he got into an altercation with last month in New Jersey.
The footage, released by the Linden Police Department, shows the 55-year-old former MLB star being placed under arrest, after the Uber driver told police Dykstra had threatened his life.
The driver told police Dykstra said he had a gun and that he would kill him. During the car ride the baseball slugger was calling 911 saying the driver was kidnapping him, during the tense trip on May 23.
In the police body-cam video Dysktra is shown in an indoor parking lot in New Jersey, near the Linden Police Station, where the driver had pulled into for help.
Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra was trying – in vain- to claim to the Linden Police officers that he was the victim of kidnapping by the Uber driver, and that he never threatened to kill the driver with a gun
Dykstra was placed under arrest for the incident in which police say they found a variety of drugs in his possession
Dykstra in his booking photo from his May arrest (left). Since retiring from baseball, Dykstra has served prison time after pleading guilty to crimes including bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering. He is pictured right playing for the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in Queens, circa 1986
Dykstra is surrounded by police, while the Uber driver, Brian Lutty, has remained on the scene.
The MLB All-Star player tells Linden police officers he has no gun, and he can’t have one as he is a convicted felon.
‘I’m a convicted felon — I can’t own a firearm,’ he admits.
‘I have no weapon, dude. I want out of this guy’s car. He’s trying to kill me – this guy. He’s crazy,’ Dykstra tells cops of Lutty.
‘Dude, I have no firearm. There’s no firearm in my bag,’ Dykstra says, but when the cops want to search his bag, the baseball great becomes hesitant.
After telling the cops he is okay with looking in his bag, he suddenly has a change of heart and then tells them, ‘no, I do mind.’
Dysktra’s side of the story, as police question him that evening, was that he called an Uber to pick him from his home in Linden and wanted to be taken to Staten Island.
‘I told him to go to Staten Island,’ Dykstra said. ‘I didn’t have the address where I was going in Staten Island…he said ”I can’t go nowhere if I don’t have the address.”
The Uber driver had accused him of pointing a bag at him, when police ask him why he did that, he responded that he has no idea why the driver would say that in the first place.
‘I said, ”take me back home, I’ll take another Uber” and he starts going crazy. He’s driving 100-miles-per hour,’ Dykstra alleges. ‘He kidnapped me basically.’
When the police put him in handcuffs, a surprised Dykstra says ‘Why are you grabbing me so hard? What are you doing?’
Lutty is also seen on the footage telling officers that Dykstra ‘pulled a bag out…told me he was gonna shoot me and put it to the back of my head…I hit the brakes and he flew forward and I drove right here and hit the horn. He kept dialing 911 telling everybody I was kidnapping him.’
‘He told me to take him to Staten Island. I told him ‘the address it’s telling me is not Staten Island its Clark,’ Lutty said.
‘He’s telling me, ”you’re gonna go to Staten Island — you’re gonna go wherever the f–k I tell you to go.” I say, ”no problem.” I turned around to take him back where I picked him up.’
Lutty says that is when Dykstra threatened to kill him.
He says the former MLBer pulled a black bag out, and ‘put it to the back of my neck and told me ”I’m gonna blow your f—king head off.”
‘He kept telling me he was gonna f***ing shoot me,’ the driver said. ‘I pushed him in the backseat…he was dialing 911 and telling them I was kidnapping him.’
During a news conference after his May arrest, Dykstra said he was ‘literally in fear of my life.’
Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra, 55, told reporters that an Uber driver kidnapped him last month in New Jersey in an incident that led to criminal charges against the all-star player; He is seen here in this December 3, 2012 file photo during sentencing for grand theft auto in Los Angeles
Dykstra is seen here attending the 69th Annual Artists and Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park on August 19 in East Hampton, New York
Dykstra told reporters the driver threatened him after Dykstra asked to change the trip’s destination.
The All-Star player then said the driver locked the car’s doors and sped up so Dykstra couldn’t exit.
That’s when Dykstra said he called 911.
Lutty, a 47-year-old New Jersey Uber driver, told police he picked up Dykstra in Linden, New Jersey at about 3pm on May 23.
Dykstra had booked a destination in nearby Clark Township, but changed his mind and wanted to go to Staten Island.
He was told he had to change the destination on his phone, which was when the incident turned violent, the driver alleged.
Officers decided there was probable cause to search them and allegedly found drugs and associated paraphernalia.
They included a pill bottle containing a leafy green substance suspected to be marijuana, a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue, and a yellow straw with suspected powder cocaine residue.
Also allegedly found was two pills suspected to be MDMA, a baggie containing suspected marijuana and a clear vial containing suspected cocaine.
No weapon was found at the scene.
Dykstra was charged with third-degree making terroristic threats, third-degree charges for possession of cocaine and MDMA and disorderly persons charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
He was released on a summons pending a June 8 Union County Superior Court appearance, which was waived, and now is scheduled to return to court in July.
Since retiring from baseball, Dykstra has served prison time after pleading guilty to crimes including bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering.
Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets and was a member of the Mets’ 1986 championship team.
He was named to the National League all-star team three times.
Dykstra declared bankruptcy in 2009, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.