Florida man, 70, is arrested after cops spot him standing up through his sunroof with his arms outstretched while his car was in ‘cruise control’ doing 100mph up the freeway
- An off-duty sheriff deputy shot video of Leonard Olsen, 70, as he stood through the sunroof of his Cadillac and spread his arms like Kate Winslett in ‘Titanic’
- The deputy said Olsen’s car went as fast as 100mph before coasting to 40mph as he stood through the sunroof
- Highway patrolman pulled Olsen over and arrested him on US 98 in Lakeland
- Investigators said Olsen told them he’d rather go to jail than go home to his wife
Leonard Olsen, 70, of Lakeland, Florida, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and later charged with misdemeanor reckless driving
An elderly Florida man who said he was having problems with his wife was caught on video Tuesday standing through the sunroof of his white Cadillac sedan as it sped down a local highway.
Leonard Olsen, 70, of Lakeland, Florida, was arrested after the Tuesday afternoon incident, according to ABC Action News.
An off-duty Hillsborough County sheriff deputy shot the video of Olsen’s bizarre and dangerous behavior while driving next to him on Interstate 4 near Lakeland before alerting the state highway patrol.
The video shows Olsen standing through his vehicle’s sunroof with his arms spread wide, deliberately or inadvertently mimicking an iconic scene from ‘Titanic.’
The off-duty deputy said he clocked Olsen traveling as fast as 100mph around 2.30 pm before he suddenly slowing down to 40mph during the dangerous trip, according to WTSP.
An off-duty Hillsborough County sheriff deputy shot video of Olsen’s bizarre and dangerous behavior Tuesday afternoon while riding by him in another vehicle on Interstate 4 near Lakeland, Florida before alerting the state highway patrol
The video shows Olsen standing through his vehicle’s sunroof with his arms spread wide, deliberately or inadvertently mimicking an iconic scene from ‘Titanic’
Olsen was pulled over by highway patrolman on US 98. Sworn affidavits obtained by WTSP show he told investigators he was acting out because ‘[My] wife treats me like a servant and she’s the mistress and I’m tired of this s—.’
Olsen also told highway patrolmen he would rather ‘go to jail then go back home,’ according to a report.
He initially denied performing the reckless stunt on the highway, saying he didn’t ‘know about that,’ WTSP said, quoting from the arrest report.
But when Troopers showed the elderly man video of him sitting on top of his sunroof while his car was barreling down the highway, they said Olsen admitted the man in the video was him before noting that the car was in cruise control.
Olsen later told investigators the man in the video was him and that he left the car in cruise control before performing his dangerous stunt because he ‘thought it would be a nice way to praise God for a minute,’ according to reports
‘The car drives itself and has a gigantic computer in it. I thought it would be a nice way to praise God for a minute and I thought it would be nice at the time and that’s what I did,’ Olsen said according to the report.
Olsen is now charged with misdemeanor reckless driving. This isn’t the first time Olsen has been in trouble with the law.
In 2017, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in public, records show.