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Florida Man Stands Through Sunroof While Driving on Highway

Leonard O. Olsen, 70, was arrested on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge

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    Florida Man Rides Out of Sunroof

    Florida Highway Patrol released video of a man driving out of a sunroof. Leonard O. Olsen, 70, was arrested back on May 7 on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.

    (Published Monday, May 13, 2019)

    A Florida man who was caught on camera standing through his Cadillac's sunroof while driving down a highway told troopers he'd "rather go to jail than go back home" to his wife, authorities said.

    Leonard O. Olsen, 70, was arrested back on May 7 on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report.

    FHP officials released cell phone footage showing Olsen standing up through the sunroof, his arms spread wide, as his Cadillac traveled down I-4.

    "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 told a trooper, according to the report.

    Leonard Olsen
    Photo credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office

    The report said an off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy spotted Olsen standing out of the car and said he was going over 100 mph at one point. The deputy filmed the incident and contacted FHP, and a trooper stopped Olsen's car, the report said.

    Olsen, of Lakeland, told troopers that the car was on cruise control. "The car drives itself and has a gigantic computer in it," he said, according to the report.

    The report said Olsen also asked if he could turn himself in.

    "My wife treats me like a servant and she's the mistress and I'm tired of this s---," he said, according to the report. "Lock me up, I'd rather go to jail than go back home."

    Olsen was taken into custody, and was given $1,000 bond on the reckless driving charge, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

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