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Police say man drove Tesla 130 mph, threatened to kill police

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 20, 2020




A 28-year-old Waterford man faces multiple charges after he reportedly drove a red 2019 Tesla 130 mph south on Interstate 75, near Adams Road, just before 4:45 p.m. Jan. 8. 

According to the police report, as police worked to locate the vehicle, witnesses reported that the vehicle was doing donuts in a parking lot at 755 W. Big Beaver Road. 

Police found the Tesla on westbound Big Beaver Road, west of I-75, travelling at a high rate of speed, according to the police report. 

Officers stopped the vehicle on southbound Lakeview Drive, south of Big Beaver Road. The driver, identified as Jordan Szeliga, 28, from Waterford, reportedly did not have a driver’s license, refused to step out of the vehicle, tried to close his car door, then laid down across the passenger seat with his hands folded. 

Police said they were able to place him in handcuffs, and officers removed him from the vehicle. 

He was arrested and transported to the Troy Police Department. 

According to the police report, while he was being transported, he threatened to kill the transporting officer, as well as the officer’s family and children. 

While in lockup, Szeliga reportedly threatened to burn down the Police Department when he was released. 

Szeliga was arraigned Jan. 9 in 52-4 District Court on charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, and hindering and obstructing a police officer. The court verified that Szeliga had multiple other charges pending. He had a court-appointed attorney at the arraignment. His attorney could not be reached for comment by press time. 

Szeliga’s pre-trial date is set for Jan. 21. 

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054.