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Published on Mar 29, 2012
(He's not handcuffed because not all people get handcuffed when they get arrested!!! It's at the arresting officer's discretion. Got it???)
Bohemian Rhapsody YouTube video sung by drunken Robert Wilkinson in RCMP squad car!
Robert Wilkinson is experiencing a few minutes of fame after a video of him drunkenly singing the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" in its entirety while sitting in the back of an RCMP squad car has gone viral online.
After proclaiming through slurred speech that he is not intoxicated, the 29-year-old from Edson, Alta., launches into the song originally recorded by Queen in 1975. He manages to sing the entire song almost perfectly.
The video, now viewed online hundreds of thousands of times, opens with Wilkinson mentioning the "brotherhood of man on the planet Earth" to the officer in the car before he takes off his glasses and launches into Bohemian Rhapsody. The date stamp on the video is Nov. 27, 2011.
The back seat performance from the bearded, shaggy-haired man includes hand gestures, headbanging and air drumming. Wilkinson also sings the tune of some of the instrumental parts from the song. The sound of the police radio in the cruiser can occasionally be heard over Wilkinson's vocals.
He makes it thorough almost the entire song before what appears to be an RCMP officer tells the man to calm down.
"I can't. . . . Cuz nothing really matters," he responds in the video. "Anyone can see. Nothing really matters . . . even the RCMP!"
As he exits the police car, he asks the officer if he has to be handcuffed.
"Are you going to get physical?" the Mountie replies.
"Physical violence is the least of my priorities," he says.
The song was originally recorded by British rock band Queen in 1975.
The video was part of the evidence disclosure package that was given to Wilkinson when he decided to defend himself in court, said RCMP spokeswoman Doris Stapleton.
She said he then uploaded the video online. Stapleton said she's received phone calls from as far away as New York about the video.
Wilkinson said he decided to upload the video of himself in the police cruiser after someone told him they wanted to share the video with friends.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of impaired driving and refusing to take a breathalyzer. His case is set to go to court in November.