Update: It is now being reported that the man that was pulled over was actually an imposter who was claiming to be David Lee Roth.
David Lee Roth, the flamboyant lead singer for Van Halen is probably the kind of guy you might expect to be pulled over by the cops once in a while. Coming off a $93 million dollar tour, Diamond Dave probably rolls in a pretty pricey and very speedy set of wheels.
If Roth’s stage performances reflect his driving habits, one might imagine that — like another Van Halen singer from the past — he might not be able to drive 55. I don’t know much about speed limits in Canada but David Lee Roth found out first hand recently when he was stopped by the police in Ontario.
This time, however, Roth was not speeding for the thrill of an adrenaline rush. It turns out the Van Halen frontman was in the throes of a bona fide medical emergency. Roth is reported to be allergic to nuts and apparently had ingested some or otherwise come in contact with them, which can become quite serious, and even life-threatening. He appeared to be suffering from anaphylactic shock and needed help as quickly as possible.
The Canadian cops, realizing that Roth was genuinely in trouble, called for paramedics and stayed with him until they arrived. One of the cops admitted that he had no idea he had been dealing with a rock star.
I guess there’s a good reason they print things like “This product may contain nuts,” on packages for products that should not have any nuts in them at all. Food allergies can be pretty serious — just ask Diamond Dave.