Belushi Impersonator Charged
Oct 13, 2004 5:05 pm US/Central
Crystal, Minn. (AP) A John Belushi impersonator was charged with a pair of felonies on Wednesday after a strange incident that included a high-speed chase and a singing Elvis.
Hennepin County prosecutors charged Roger Paul Arneson, 47, of Minnetonka with felony theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a police officer. He was also charged with drunken driving, according to the criminal complaint.
Arneson's first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday. He remained in custody Wednesday and bail was set at $25,000.
According to the complaint:
Police responded to a report of a medical emergency at the Crystal Veterans of Foreign Wars hall about 10:25 p.m. Monday and found a man dressed as Elvis who appeared to be unconscious.
As officers approached, the man appeared to fake having a seizure then jumped up and started singing an Elvis song.
A female motorist told an officer that she had stopped to help the prone Elvis when a passenger in her car drove away without her permission. Police said she described the man as dressed like Belushi's character in "The Blues Brothers."
The officers found the car at nearby Crystal Airport, which prompted a high-speed chase throughout the property that reached speeds over 70 mph. Officers eventually forced the car to spin out and stop and they arrested the driver.
Crystal Police Capt. Dave Oyaas said previously that it appeared both Arneson and Elvis -- Terrence Schulz, 27, of Anoka -- had been drinking "quite a bit."
Arneson refused to submit to a urine or blood test, according to the complaint. Schulz, who has not been charged, has said that he had not been drinking, but Arneson had.
Sue Nabors, a VFW waitress who saw what happened, said the impersonators know each other and often sing at local lounges.
She said Schulz "is a good Elvis singer" and Arneson "sings, too," but "not as often, and not as good."
Schulz said he fell because he was out of breath from running to catch up with Arneson, who had left the bar without him.
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Heard about this on the Radio driving home this morning. One of the officers was quoted elsewhere as saying "This is one of those things that, even though its happening, you cannot beleve you are seeing it?"