March 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM ET
Updated 6:30 a.m. PT: Whatever you sing in the privacy of your own shower or your car on the way to work is your business. But if you get arrested and end up in the back of a police car nowadays, it'll likely be filmed and end up on YouTube. So, sing well.
If you're apparently intoxicated and know all the words to Queen's "Bohemian Rhasody," the video will be that much better.
"I didn't say that I was intoxicated," says the man in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser. "But it doesn't even matter ... it has to do with brotherhood of men on the planet Earth." And then it starts. Five minutes of cop-car karaoke.
"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality." Got that right.
The YouTubers are quick to offer all sorts of helpful commentary, as always.
User mari3011 says, "Later he was released since all he had was a case of Mercury Poisoning."
"If I was the cop, I would have requested Freebird at the end," writes AuralSynth.
After the song ends ("Nothing really matters ...") and the video draws to a close, the back door of the police car is opened and the suspect asks, "Do you have to cuff me?" "Are you going to hit me?" an officer responds. "Physical violence is the least of my priorities." Well said, Freddie Wannabe.
We give the guy credit for making the six-minute ride from wherever he was picked up to wherever he was dropped off entertaining. Do you have a favorite song that is your back-of-the-cop-car standard? "I Fought the Law" would probably feel pretty good. A certain rap classic by N.W.A., on the other hand, would be ill advised. Share your song choices over on Facebook.
Head on over to The Smoking Gun for the story on the man behind the music. And, hey, check out the real deal below to see how well the guy actually did: