By John Clark
Peter Murphy, the legendary goth-rocker who was the lead singer for Bauhaus three decades ago, was arrested for a DUI this weekend, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Sources say the 55-year-old performer allegedly rear-ended a Mercedes with his Subaru Forester in Glendale, California, which reportedly injured the driver of the other car. But Murphy didn’t stop there.
According to the police report, Murphy fled the scene of the accident, driving into Los Angeles, where an alert eyewitness blocked Murphy’s path after following the singer from the scene of the drunk driving accident.
Sources say one eyewitness capture a photograph of Murphy’s license plate as he was speeding away from the accident.
In addition, a Good Samaritan reportedly followed Murphy in his pickup truck, which blocked Murphy’s path until police officers arrived on the scene.
At the time of his arrest, Murphy reportedly looked “very confused,” and issued a weak attempt at an excuse for his behavior by claiming that he was suffering from jet lag.
The singer also swore that he had not had any alcohol before driving, and said the only substance in his system were prescription pills for depression, according to the police report.
Police, however, claim they found a bag of methamphetamine in the squad car where Murphy had been detained after his arrest. Prosecutors plan to argue that the bag belonged to Murphy, although the singer denies that he owned the drugs.
Sources do not say whether Murphy has a prior history of drunk driving, but even if he did have a former DUI conviction on his record, he could have avoided significant legal trouble by simply waiting at the scene of the accident until police arrived.
Courts view DUI accidents with disdain, but they’re certainly less likely to take pity on defendants who flee the scene of an accident, especially if the innocent party is injured.
Of course, fleeing the scene of an accident is also a separate offense, so Murphy has exposed to himself to a significantly longer jail sentence and higher fines.
According to sources, Murphy was formally charged this week with causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possessing methamphetamine, and engaging in a felony hit-and-run.
Murphy, who currently lives in Turkey and was only visiting the United States, is being held on $500,000 bail after a Los Angeles judge decided he was a legitimate flight risk, according to court reports.