Robert Wilkinson, 29, has found his 15 minutes of fame in the form of a squad car video showcasing his singing skills.
Wilkinson complied with the officers’ commands and agreed to be taken in. For his compliance, the Canadian police officers elected not to handcuff the drunk Alberta man for the short trip back to their station.
After declaring that he was not intoxicated in slurred speech, Wilkinson began singing the 1975 Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the best of his ability. Footage of his performance was later used in his trial.
According to The Globe and Mail, Wilkinson arrived at his trial date wearing a horned Viking helmet and a NASA t-shirt bearing the words “I need my space.” He refused the services of a defense lawyer and represented himself.
After failing to convince the court that his arrest was a violation of his Charter rights, Wilkinson was given a $1,400 fine and had his driver’s license suspended for one year.
Wilkinson was later paid $1,000 by the American cable network TruTV for permission to air the video without obscuring his face on their show World’s Dumbest Criminals.