Bauhaus Frontman Charged With DUI Hit-and-Run

By McCarton Ackerman 03/19/13

Goth rocker Peter Murphy was followed to LA, and busted with meth after fleeing an accident.

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Peter Murphy, the former lead singer of '80s British goth rock band Bauhaus, is being held since his arrest on Saturday for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of meth and a felony hit-and-run. Murphy, 55, reportedly rear-ended a vehicle in Glendale, California that morning and then fled to LA. The injured driver was able to take down his license plate number, and a pickup truck driver followed Murphy to LA, where he blocked the singer's car and then notified police. Murphy reportedly denied having taken anything other than prescribed medication for depression, and told cops he was also jet lagged. He appeared "very confused" and was unable to say what day it was. Officers also found a plastic bag containing meth in the squad car where he was being detained. Murphy denied owning the bag, but officers accused him of trying to discard it in the patrol car. The UK-born rocker is currently being held on $500,000 bail, an unusually high amount on the grounds of concerns that he is a flight risk. Bauhaus released four albums throughout the early '80s, with their 1982 release The Sky's Gone Out reaching No. 4 on the UK charts.

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