70-year-old man driving on highway stands through sun roof, leaves car on cruise control at 100 mph

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a Lakeland driver after being caught on video standing through a sun roof as the car continued to speed down Interstate 4 in Polk County.

Polk County, FL (WFTS) -- Florida Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a Lakeland driver after being caught on video standing through a sun roof as the car continued to speed down Interstate 4 in Polk County.

An off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy was behind 70-year-old Leonard Olsen when he stood up while driving westbound on I-4 at a high rate of speed, according to an arrest report.

Video captured Olsen standing up in a white Cadillac with his arms spread open around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In a sworn witness interview, the deputy said Oslen “bounced back and forth in the center lane…and sped up to over 100 miles per hour and slowed to about 40 miles per hour.”

Troopers caught up to Oslen on US-98 and Wedgewood Estates Blvd.

When asked why he did it, Olsen told troopers he wanted to praise God.

“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,” he said, according to arrest records.

He also told deputies the vehicle was in cruise control at the time.

“The car drivers itself and has a gigantic computer in it,” he said according to records.

Before he was detained, Olsen told FHP troopers he’d rather go to jail than go home.

“My wife treats me like a servant and she’s the mistress,” he said. “Lock me up, I’d rather go to jail than go back home.”

Olsen is charged with reckless driving.

He remains booked at the Polk County Jail on a $21,000 bond.

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(10) comments

Dusty Rose

Another bible thumping pro-lifer not giving a damned about anyone else's life.

Shredder

The old man probably wanted to do that his whole life...

techmi

He was probably listening to "Jesus take the wheel" by Carrie Underwood. A small Side effect of that song.

Djamz

Please take me to jail. Now that is hilarious.

JF Conlon

Hey, tresamme! This guy deserves to die, does'nt he?

theazdude

D@mn that bond seems high!

Robs

Should be charged with a felony and license revolked

TCAZ

I thought this was going to be one of those Stanley Roberts "Caught Mis-Behaving" stories ... Big deal ... give him a beer indeed!! [thumbup]

ObeyLaws

Well, thankfully most 70 year-old white dudes can afford good auto insurance....

LovesNatch

Someone get that man a beer.

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