POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA ) – A driver made a lot of people laugh this week when he stood up on his sunroof with his car on cruise control while driving on Interstate 4. But the story behind the story isn’t funny at all.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said 70-year-old Leonard Olsen was arrested not only for driving recklessly, but also for false imprisonment and domestic violence by strangulation.
According to an arrest report, Olsen is accused of choking a 69-year-old woman on April 30 after she took too long to come to bed. The woman told deputies she had bruises on her throat and a hoarse voice.
Days later, after the woman came home from dinner, he allegedly ripped up the dress she had been wearing, accused her of having an affair and called her a vulgar name. Then he asked her for one of her bras and threatened to destroy every bra in her dresser. When she eventually gave him a bra, he tore it apart and demanded that she give him the pair of underwear she had been wearing. When she told him she was still wearing the underwear, he began “pulling on the underwear causing the victim’s body to shake back and forth until the underwear came loose from the victim’s body,” an arrest report states.
Once he was through destroying all of her clothing, Olsen began blaring music so she couldn’t fall asleep. This lasted several hours, according to the victim.
The next day, the victim awoke to Olsen slamming dresser drawers, turning the lights on and off, and blaring music. Deputies said he pushed her onto their bed, straddled her and put his hand on her throat, then placed his thumb on her mouth, which she bit. Olsen got off of her and blocked the doorway to prevent her from leaving the room. After a few minutes, he let her pass through the doorway and she called 911.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said detectives made contact with Olsen by phone on Tuesday and he agreed to turn himself in.
As deputies were on their way to meet him, they learned he had been pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol for driving recklessly.
Olsen was arrested and booked into the South County Jail, where he faces three counts of felony domestic battery on a person 65 or older, one count of felony false imprisonment and one count of felony domestic battery by strangulation.