Fontana native Sammy Hagar may have been running from the law in his 1984 music video, "I Can't Drive 55," but when the Fontana Police Department reached out for song approval, the Red Rocker himself agreed to work alongside the law for an epic lip sync challenge.
The resulting video can be seen here:
Fontana Officer Tim Frydendall took a chance and reached out to Hagar's team with the video idea.
"I didn't want my department to be outdone.A Sammy Hagar song is a natural fit for Fontana, but I didn't think we would ever end up with an appearance from Sammy Hagar," Frydendall said.
Frydendall ended up on a call with Orange County-based event producer John Oakes, asking for approval and support of using the song.
Oakes is working with Hagar on the HighTide Beach Party, which is slated to be held on Oct. 6 in Huntington Beach.
"When Tim and I spoke on the phone, I was happy to connect a few dots to support his request. My younger brother works in law enforcement, so this was a fun opportunity to cross our careers," said Oakes.
The video became reality when the owners of Attain Media, a Southern California video production company, volunteered their services to produce the lip sync challenge.
"When we got the call to do this, we couldn't believe it," said Bryant Lambert of Attain Media. "To be able to work with Sammy and the Fontana Police Department together was a once in a lifetime opportunity."
In the original 1984 music video, "I Can't Drive 55," Hagar gets arrested and winds up in a courtroom, belting out the lines to the song. But three decades later, the Fontana P.D.'s video has a slight plot twist. Hagar still owns the black 1982 Ferrari 512BB he drives in the original music video, and in this version he doesn't end up in jail. Hagar steps out of his car a free man and declares, "After all these years I still can't drive 55, but this time I got away with it."
Hagar, who has sold millions of records as a solo artist as well as a member of Van Halen and other groups, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He grew up in Fontana and graduated from Fontana High School.
The new video was posted on YouTube on Aug. 21 and was viewed more than 13,000 times on the first day. A previous lip sync challenge song, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," was uploaded by the Fontana P.D. to YouTube in early August and has been viewed more than 14,700 times.