Troy, MI – A man took a Tesla out for a test drive and drove it 130 mph and then threatened to kill a police officer and the officer’s children and family and then threatened to burn down the Troy Police Department.
Jordan Szeliga, 28, was charged with reckless driving and not having an operator’s license as well as two counts of hinder and obstruction of a police officer, according to WDIV.
He was also charged with intimidation for threatening to burn down the police department, according to WJBK.
Police were called Jan. 8 at about 4:45 p.m. with reports of a red 2019 Tesla driving about 130 mph, according to WXYZ.
While police were searching for the vehicle, they received reports of the Tesla doing donuts in a parking lot of a building.
The police were able to pull over the vehicle once it got back on the road, WXYZ reported.
When police asked Szeliga to get out of the Tesla, he refused. Szeliga attempted to close the door and then laid down across the passenger seat with hands folded.
Police were able to get him out of the car and put him in handcuffs, according to WJBK.
While being transported, Szeliga threatened to kill the police officer, the officer’s family and his children. When in jail, Szeliga then threatened to burn down the police department when he was released.
Szeliga’s bond was set at $10,000, according to WDIV.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Szeliga has had other run-ins with the police.
In 2018, Szeliga was charged with malicious destruction of fire or police property. And in 2014, Szeliga was charged with assaults against police officers and obstruction, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Szeliga is from Waterford Township, which is about 36 miles northwest of Detroit.