Los Angeles, CA – Peter Murphy the former lead singer of legendary Goth-rock band Bauhaus was arrested for intoxicated driving and possession of methamphetamine following a hit and run accident outside Los Angeles in Glendale.
Murphy, who had just arrived in the U.S. to a series of tour dates, was driving in the Glendale area when he allegedly rear-ended a Mercedes close to noon on Monday. But Murphy, 55, left the scene of accident and drove to Los Angeles, the Glendale News Press reported.
After Murphy arrived in Los Angeles, an eyewitness to the collision, who followed him, blocked Murphy’s car until police arrived. According to the Glendale News, the eyewitness followed Murphy “because he was afraid he would kill someone.”
The woman driving the Mercedes managed to write down Murphy’s license plate number before she was taken to the hospital. And another witness snapped a photo of the singer’s Subaru in Glendale which showed significant damage to the front end.
When police arrived, they believed Murphy was intoxicated, but he said that he was just jet-lagged, had taken his prescription medications to treat depression. He denied he had been drinking that day, however he admitted to being involved in the collision. Glendale officers noted Murphy seemed confused and was unsure of the date and time.
He was arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car where an officer discovered a small bag of a white powdery substance which they officers think could be methamphetamine. Murphy denied having any drugs in his possession, but police believe he was trying to dispose of the bag in the patrol car.
Murphy was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and felony hit and run. He was booked into jail and remained in custody on Monday.
Police were concern that Murphy, who is originally from the UK but lives in Turkey, was flight risk so his bail was set at $500,000.
Peter Murphy made his name in the music world as the enigmatic lead singer of Bauhaus, one of the most well-known Gothic bands. The band is best known for their song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” and “She’s in Parties.” The band also made a cameo in the opening titles of the legendary vampire movie “The Hunger” which starred David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.
Twilight fans may also recognize Murphy for his cameo in “Twilight: Eclipse” where he played the Cold One.
There is no information about whether his upcoming tour, which was slated to begin April 22, will continue as scheduled. After a month of U.S. dates, Murphy was planning on continuing his tour with numerous European dates.
If convicted on the drug possession charges alone, Murphy could face a few days in jail up to several years depending on the amount. Adding to his legal problems is the felony hit and run which carries a penalty of 16 months to three years in jail if it involved personal injury or property damage.