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Peter Murphy, former singer of British goth-rock band Bauhaus, was arrested Saturday in Los Angeles following a hit-and-run incident in neighboring Glendale.
The Glendale News Press reports that while driving a Subaru Forester, Murphy reportedly rear-ended a Mercedes around 11:48 a.m. at an intersection and then drove around the car to get on the Ventura Freeway as he fled the scene.
A witness who was washing windows was able to photograph Murphy’s car immediately following the accident, documenting the Subaru’s moderate front-end damage.
The driver of the struck Mercedes was able to write down Murphy’s license plate number. She later was removed from the scene on a gurney by Glendale fire personnel.
Most dramatically, a driver of a pickup truck is said to have followed Murphy on and off the freeway and into Los Angeles, where he pulled in front of his Subaru, blocking the car from moving, and called Glendale police to report where he had detained the singer. Los Angeles Police Department officers soon arrived and held Murphy for the Glendale police
Glendale officers said Murphy seemed “very confused” and had difficulty telling them the day and time. He denied drinking alcohol, stating he had only taken his regular prescription pills for depression. He admitted his involvement in the hit and run and told officers he was jet-lagged from a recent flight.
Inside the police car, officers reported finding a small plastic bag that possibly contained methamphetamine. Murphy said it did not belong to him, but police said they believed he had been trying to ditch it.
Arrested on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamine, Murphy remained in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail until around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Glendale police told The Hollywood Reporter.
Murphy has solo tour dates planned for North America from April to May, then is set to head to Europe for a month of shows before returning to the U.S. in July. The last announced show is July 27 at the Fonda in Hollywood. His biggest stateside solo hit was “Cuts You Up,” which reached the mainstream rock Top 10 in 1990.
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