Meet The Talented Canadian Arrestee Who Belted Out "Bohemian Rhapsody" In The Back Of A Police Cruiser
The star of that viral “Bohemian Rhapsody” police video is an unemployed Canadian man who first uploaded the clip to his YouTube page after receiving it from prosecutors when he opted to defend himself on a drunk driving charge.
After getting busted last November in Edson, Alberta, Robert Wilkinson, 29, was placed in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser, where he launched into an a capella version of the Queen classic (complete with musical interludes).
In a TSG interview, Wilkinson said that he had uploaded the tape earlier this month for the amusement of friends. Wilkinson, who was unaware that the police video (see below) had gone viral, said that he is a karaoke singer who has performed all 113 Beatles songs available on karaoke machines. Asked how he was able to recall almost all the “Bohemian Rhapsody” lyrics, Wilkinson sought to display his memory by rattling off a long string of digits in Pi.
Before launching into “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Wilkinson, who was not handcuffed, lectured a RCMP officer, claiming that he was not intoxicated. “You’re actually an ignorant fucking cunt. So fuck you buddy,” Wilkinson told the cop, who had earlier pulled over his truck.
An RCMP spokesperson told TSG that the police footage was provided to Wilkinson in the course of discovery in his criminal case, which is pending. In a February Facebook post, Wilkinson reported that he was “seeking council for an impaired driving” charge, adding, “Got the DVD.” Wilkinson told TSG that he was convicted of mischief when he was 18, but that the charge was later expunged from his record.
In late-January, Wilkinson posted a Facebook photo showing the exterior of the Provincial Court of Alberta, along with the comment, “I only have like $1000. I am in trouble with police.” A home brewer, Wilkinson noted in a post last month that he was “solving the worlds problems, one beer at a time.”
Wilkinson's YouTube page includes a video chronicling his 2004 dismissal from the Vancouver Film School, as well as clips showing him twice getting punched in the face by a friend.