Peter Murphy, the lead singer with British rock band Bauhaus, is due in court in Los Angeles following his arrest on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run and drug possession. Murphy, 55, was arrested on Saturday (March 16, 2013) and held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The baritone voiced singer, originally from Northampton, England, allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in Glendale and fled the scene, despite injuring the driver. A witness followed Murphy and blocked his vehicle until police arrived. A team dispatched to the scene detained Murphy, booking him on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamine.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Murphy denies drinking alcohol on Saturday and says he had only taken his prescription pills for depression. The singer - who now lives Turkey - told officers he was jet-lagged from his recent flight to the U.S. The arresting officers noted that Murphy appeared to be "very confused" and had difficulty recalling the day and time.
Murphy is best known as the singer with Bauhaus, which recorded four albums and sparked the Goth rock movement in Britain. The group split in 1983, though Murphy formed Dalis Car before recording numerous solo albums. He still tours regularly and made a cameo appearance in the smash-hit 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' movie as 'The Cold One.'
Peter Murphy Performing In Lisbon, Portugal