The British Goth rocker rear-ended a Mercedes in Glendale, CA, injuring the driver, and then fled to Los Angeles, reports the Glendale News Press. An eyewitness in a pickup truck reportedly followed Murphy’s Subaru from the scene, blocking him on his way into the city until police arrived.
“He was afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving,” authorities told the newspaper.
Police said Murphy appeared to be confused, but denied drinking any alcohol that day. The newspaper reports that officers then found a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the back of the patrol car where he had been detained, but the singer denied that it belonged to him. According to the Los Angeles Times, officers said they believe he was actually trying to discard the bag in the car.
Murphy was ultimately arrested for suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamines. Officers set bail at $500,000 over concerns that Murphy, who is from England and lives in Turkey, could be a flight risk.
It is unclear how the charges will affect Murphy’s upcoming tour schedule, which kicks off next month in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy Celebrates 35 Years of Bauhaus is scheduled to hit nearly 50 cities in North American and Europe through July.