Dude, where's my car?
Former Phillies fave Lenny Dykstra, in another incremental step to his legal woes, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court to 25 counts on charges of grand theft auto and drug possession. He returned to jail unable to post $500,000 bail.
Prosecutors have said Dykstra, his accountant, and a friend leased high-end cars by providing phony information and claiming credit through a phony business, then drove off the lot. The three tried several times before finally succeeding, according to authorities.
Oh, and when police arrested Dykstra in April, they allegedly found cocaine, ecstasy, and synthetic human growth hormone on him. Charges on that as well.
According to the New York Daily News, the dude known variably as "Nails" or just "Dude," got a little uppity while in court. "I've been in jail 17 days, 17 days for a crime I did not commit. I believe I have paid my dues," Dykstra, wearing orange jail threads and shackles, told Judge Jeffrey Harkavy, who warned him not to speak, and later declined to drop bail.
Oh, lest we forget: On Monday, Dykstra pleaded not guilty to bankruptcy fraud in federal court.
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This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.