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Former MLB star Dykstra pleads not guilty to terroristic threat, drug charges

Dykstra appeared in a New Jersey court Monday to address the charges stemming from a May 23 incident with an Uber driver.

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Ex-Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra has pleaded not guilty to drug and terroristic threats charges stemming from an altercation with an Uber driver.

Dykstra appeared in a New Jersey court Monday to answer charges of cocaine and methamphetamine possession as well as making terroristic threats.

Lenny Dykstra attends the 69th Annual Artists and Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 19, 2017 in East Hampton, New York.Sonia Moskowitz / Getty Images

All three crimes are punishable by up to five years in prison.

The three-time All-Star player, who was also a member of the New York Mets' 1986 championship team, was indicted this month in connection with the May 23 incident.

Dykstra claimed the driver threatened and tried to kidnap him after Dykstra asked to change the trip's destination.

The driver allegedly told police Dykstra held a gun to his head, though no weapon was found.

Police said they found the drugs in Dykstra's possession.