On This Day: Elvis Presley Gets Arrested in Caddo Parish
Elvis Presley's connection to Shreveport runs deep. His first major break as a star happened in Shreveport at the Louisiana Hayride. According to legend and lore, Stan "The Record Man" Lewis used to provide Elvis with albums that helped him on his musical journey. The only company Elvis EVER recorded a commercial for was Southern Maid Donuts. The building Elvis left was Hirsch Coliseum. His connection to the area goes on.
But, one thing that you may not know about the King's time in Shreveport is that he also managed to get himself arrested. Because if there's one thing Elvis loved more than a cheeseburger, it was speed. Below is the story from Louisiana State Police and Elvis' arrest report.
On this day in 1955, a #Trooper made a traffic stop on a pink and white ’54 Cadillac. The car was being driven by none other than ELVIS PRESLEY. 20-year-old Presley was stopped on US 171 in Caddo Parish for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone.
After producing his Tennessee driver’s license, Presley was taken into custody and carried to the Caddo Parish Jail where he posted a bond of $25 for traveling 20 mph over the speed limit.
One can only imagine he was “All Shook Up” because of this. Maybe this is where he got the idea for “Jailhouse Rock…”