Canadian Robert Wilkinson, 29, was picked up for public intoxication last November when he decided to sing every word of the Queen classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cruiser, reported the Toronto Sun. The car's on-board camera captured the entire performance, naturally, and proved that Wilkinson's rendition, while not so pleasing to the ears, was flawless.
The video, filmed in the small town of Edson, which is 200km west of Edmonton, has become the latest viral sensation, with over 1.5 million views on YouTube since it was posted on Wednesday.
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"I have done nothing wrong—even the situation where you grabbed me, has nothing to do with having been sort-of intoxicated…as you proclaim!" Wilkinson slurred in the beginning of the video, according to Time. "What it has to do with is brotherhood of man on the planet Earth!"
And once Wilkinson got started — he had to remove his glasses before he could truly rock out — there was no stopping him. He even sang the musical interludes, drumming on the RCMP cruiser with his hands to keep the beat.
When they arrived at the police station (with perfect timing, as Wilkinson had just finished his performance and put his glasses back on), Wilkinson asked the RCMP officer if he would be handcuffed.
"Are you going to get physical?" the officer asked.
"Physical violence is the least of my priorities," Wilkinson replied.
According to The Smoking Gun, Wilkinson, an unemployed home brewer and karaoke singer, posted the video on YouTube himself for the amusement of his friends. Prosecutors handed it over to him after it was used in his court case. When asked by the site how he was able to remember all the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody," he displayed his memory skills by rattling off a long string of digits in Pi.