Bauhaus‘ Peter Murphy was reportedly arrested on Saturday (March 16) on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and for hit-and-run offences.
According to the Glendale News Press, the singer of the British goth rock group allegedly injured another driver after crashing a car in Glendale, Southern California before fleeing to Los Angeles, where he was held up by an eyewitness until police arrived. The passer by was “afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving,” police told reporters.
Police officers in Glendale said Murphy, who now resides in Turkey, appeared to be “very confused” and had difficulty recalling what day and time it was, Police said. The singer denied he had been drinking alcohol, but said he had taken his regular medication for depression. He admitted he had been involved in a traffic collision, telling police he was jet-lagged after a recent flight.
Officers also report that they later found a small plastic bag inside the police patrol car where Murphy had been detained – which they believe may contain Methamphetamine (more commonly knows as crystal meth). Murphy denied the bag belonged to him, but police believe he was trying to get rid of the substance in the car.
The singer was arrested on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamine, police said. He remains in police custody awaiting bail.
Bauhaus released five albums over their career – the first being 1980’s ‘In The Flat Field’ before 1981’s ‘Mask’, 1982’s ‘The Sky’s Gone Out’ and 1983’s ‘Burning From The Inside’. Bauhaus first broke up in 1983, with Peter Murphy embarking on a solo career and other members forming Tones On Tail and then Love and Rockets. The band reunited for a 1998 tour, and again from 2005. They released their last album ‘Go Away White’ in 2008.
Earlier this year, Peter Murphy announced that he would be setting out to perform Bauhaus material on a 49-date US and European tour. He is due to play five dates in the UK in June.