WASHINGTON -- You might think that this video, showing what would appear to be a blazer-wearing drunk man pounding on and otherwise molesting a D.C. law enforcement SUV, then swearing at and demanding a job from people in an adjacent car, was staged.
"This video was certainly not staged though I do not blame any person for thinking so!" says Brian L. Johnson, the person responsible for DRUNKMAN In Traffic Takes On Fire & Rescue Squad.
Johnson is a senior at Howard University and also owns a multimedia production company. He tells The Huffington Post he was leaving his apartment for a photography gig on the Saturday before President Obama's second inauguration when he heard a man -- the subject of his video, which is set to a suitably dramatic soundtrack -- making noise outside.
"However, that is never too absurd on a Saturday night," says Johnson, who lives not far from Howard, in a festive part of the District. What seemed more unusual was what he saw when he looked outside.
"I proceeded to the window and viewed a man wildly exchanging punches and kicks with oncoming traffic," says Johnson. "I told myself, if he stops again at the end of the street, I will start recording. Sure enough, he stops just in time to see a fire and rescue squad car approaching behind him."
Johnson headed outside to catch more of the man's saga from ground level. That's "where the comedic story seemingly pieced itself together right before my eyes," he says. "By the time the video reached what is seemingly his heroic failure" -- that's when the man pounds on the windshield of a car, hurling invectives then, more sympathetically, requesting that the car's occupants give him work -- "I was beginning to run late and had to flee the scene."
Neither viewers nor Johnson know what, exactly, transpired next. Johnson, however, has a good guess.
"Although I was not able to catch the end of the man's quest," he says "I am sure he spent the night in jail."
Or maybe not. Lon Walls, spokesperson for D.C. Fire, tells HuffPost that he has "no record of anything from our guys regarding that incident."
Walls says the first he heard of Drunkman's inauguration weekend exploits were when he saw the video -- which he finds to be of a suspiciously high production value, to have been a serendipitous catch.
"It's too well done," he says.