Residents of Long Branch, New Jersey apparently found the admittedly scruffy looking music legend's behavior "suspicious" and complained to their local, possibly not-terribly-busy police force. A 22-year-old rookie arrived on the scene and demanded identification. Dylan reasonably assumed she'd recognize the name and that would pretty much be that, but no, she ordered him into the back of her car and took him to his hotel to check his story. Dylan was in town to take part in a concert along with WIllie Nelson and John Mellencamp, when he decided to take that fateful stroll.
As the Daily Mail in the UK reports:
Then she radioed her older colleagues at the police station to ask if anyone knew who Bob Dylan was.
'I'm afraid we all fell about laughing,' said Craig Spencer, a senior officer in Long Branch, New Jersey. 'If it was me, I'd have been demanding his autograph, not his ID.
'The poor woman has taken rather a lot of abuse from us. I offered to bring in some of myDylan albums. Unfortunately, she doesn't know what vinyl is either.'...