Wednesday, October 13, 2004 :::
This happened in Crystal, right by my parents house. Knowing the area, it's honestly not a surprise. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Crystal police sent to help an Elvis Presley impersonator who collapsed were detoured Monday night by the man's John Belushi impersonator friend, who led them on a chase worthy of "The Blues Brothers"...
...there on the sidewalk outside the club lay Elvis, flopping around in the midst of an apparent seizure. Speeding away in a car a few feet away was John Belushi... headed straight for the runway of the nearby Crystal airport...
Erkenbrack said he and another patrol officer raced to the VFW about 10:20 p.m. Monday to answer what they thought was a routine call about a man falling down some steps. When they arrived, Erkenbrack said, he found a man dressed like Elvis Presley, complete with pompadour and sideburns, sprawled on the ground.
Suddenly, Elvis "went into a huge convulsion," Erkenbrack said. "I mean, he was like a foot off the ground." And just as suddenly, the convulsions stopped, Elvis opened his eyes, shouted, "Viva Las Vegas!" and started singing Elvis tunes, Erkenbrack said...
...At that point, a woman who had been bar hopping with Elvis and the Belushi look-alike approached Erkenbrack to tell him that "Belushi took my car" and was headed toward the Crystal airport next door.
Erkenbrack radioed for help. Minutes later, police spotted Belushi sitting in a car parked behind an airport hangar. When they approached, Belushi sped off, leading officers on a six-minute chase across runways and between hangars at speeds that reached 75 miles per hour.
The chase ended when police forced Belushi into a spinout. Belushi, still wearing sunglasses and spitting blood from biting his tongue, was taken from the car to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and later to the Hennepin County jail...
Sue Nabors, a VFW waitress who saw what happened, said the impersonators know each other and often sing at local lounges. She said Elvis "is a good Elvis singer" and Belushi "sings, too," but "not as often, and not as good."
Yeah, man, that Belushi guy sucks.
::: posted by dan at 10:04 AM :: [ link ] :: (14) comments
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Is that a for-real news article from a for-real newspaper? Because frankly, it reads like an article from The Onion...or am I being completely gullible here in which case I'll just stop while I'm behind.
By annie, at 11:27 AM
So weird I don't have a comment...yet I'm posting this on a comment page. How ironic.
By lynne, at 12:07 PM
Actually, this was on the 10 o'clock news last night. So it is a true story. Not just something made up.
I didn't see why the guy ran though.
By Trekgeekscott, at 12:24 PM
Oh, it's a real story alright. You can read it here and here.
By dan, at 12:24 PM
Actually, this was on the 10 o'clock news last night. So it is a true story. How could you make up a story like this?
By Trekgeekscott, at 12:24 PM
This story was actually on Fox News today - their stupid crook segment.
By , at 12:57 PM
You beat me to this post,I wanted it so bad for my Blog.I can one up you though,we know the guy who did it.
O.k.My aunt Patty's friend husbands friend Is Jim Belushi.How about that for a small world?
By Stacy, at 1:21 PM
I love how they were at the VF-dub'ya Club...and what's up w/ Elvis' miraculous recovery and yelling "Viva Las Vegas!" This belongs in a Seinfeld episode. Hot Babe, were you the friend bar hopping w/ them?!?! Were you dressed as Ann Margaret??
By , at 2:59 PM
Yeah, I think you are more entitled to that post than I am, Stacy. But I wouldn't be proud of it.
By dan, at 3:09 PM
"My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend hear from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who say Elvis pass out at the VFW last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
By dan, at 3:11 PM
I just saw "Save Elvis" on the Crystal watertower.
And, yes, I must confess. I was the woman bar hopping with them. But I wasn't dressed as Ann Margaret. She's still alive so I would've stuck out like a sore thumb. I was dressed as who else but Marilyn Monroe.
By hot babe, at 6:00 PM
Roger Arneson "Belushi" is a loser. He now claims he broke his neck during the police chase, and is going to sue. He is now in a halfway house for 30 to 60 days. He belongs in a mental ward at St. Peter.
By , at 6:45 PM
My name is Ed Raygor, musician and Jim Morrison Impersonator. I was invited out that night by Terry Shultz aka Elvis. He wanted me to come in costume to the place and sing some songs and have a few drinks with him ,John Belushi and another guy who does Ellwood Blues (Dan Akroid) I couldn't make it..Ellwood didn't show either . I use to do Jim Morrison when Terry did his Elvis Show and He took a break, he is is an excellent Elvis impersonator, sometimes he takes it too seriously though. He sure did that night..He had all the television stations chasing him down to do interviews, morning radio shows,It was crazy ..sometimes wonder what an even stranger evening it would of been if we were all there....Ed
By Jim Morrison, at 4:10 AM
First of all, yes this is true, i was the officer that found and started chasing him. Secondly, Crystal, MN does not have a watertower so "SAVE ELVIS" was NOT posted on it! Arneson stole the car and had other illegal activity going on in the car at the time that i found him...this would be why he fled.
By topgun330, at 11:44 AM
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