Tuesday, October 12, 2004

From the "I Need To Hang Out At the Crystal, Minnesota VFW Hall" file comes this report from CNN:

"CRYSTAL, Minnesota (AP) -Police responding to a call of a convulsing Elvis Presley impersonator soon found themselves in a high-speed chase of another faux celebrity -- a man dressed as one of the Blues Brothers.

Crystal Police Capt. Dave Oyaas said the bizarre string of events began when officers were called to a veterans hall Monday morning to find a man dressed as Elvis Presley apparently in convulsions.

When the officers approached, Oyaas said the man suddenly jumped up and yelled, "Viva Las Vegas!" before singing show tunes.

At about the same time, two women said another man at the veterans hall dressed as John Belushi's character in "The Blues Brothers" had stolen their car and driven to a nearby airport.

The man led police on a high-speed chase around the airport before officers forced him to stop and arrested him.

"It's one of those things that you stop and scratch your head, and you think that 'Am I seeing what I think I'm seeing?"' Oyaas said.

Oyaas said charges pending against the men could include disorderly conduct, fleeing police and drunken driving.

The men had been drinking together at the VFW before police arrived. Blood tests will show how much, but Oyaas said, 'I would venture to say quite a bit.'"

Of all the things about this story that I love--and there are great many--my favorite is that the Elvis impersator sang SHOW TUNES to the cops. A fellow "That's Entertainment!" fan, perhaps? A kindred spirit? Soulmate? Alas, I will probably never know...Adieu, mon ami, adieu. Sigh.

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