NJ Cops Treat Dylan Like a Complete Unknown

Officers pick up rock legend out on walk

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2009 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – A New Jersey police officer in her 20s didn't recognize Bob Dylan when she responded to a call about a suspicious, shabbily dressed man staring into a vacant house, the Asbury Park Press reports. "What is your name, sir?" she asked. "Bob Dylan," he replied. "OK, what are you doing here?" the officer asked. "I'm on tour," the singer said, explaining that he was looking at houses to pass the time.

The patrolwoman summoned a second officer who apparently also failed to recognize the rock legend. Dylan was asked for ID, which he didn't have. After he told them was staying in "a big hotel on the ocean," the pair brought him to the Oceanside Resort, where staff vouched for the singer. "We all got a laugh,'' the patrolwoman says. ""He didn't look like a famous person.''

Bob Dylan performs as the opening act of the Pawtucket Arts Festival at McCoy Stadium, in Pawtucket, R.I.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)
Bob Dylan was reported to police last month for wandering around a New Jersey neighborhood and peeking into a vacant house.   (AP Photo/Sony BMG, William Claxton)
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