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Bauhaus Singer Peter Murphy Arrested After Alleged Hit-and-Run

March 19, 2013  |  11:00am
Bauhaus Singer Peter Murphy Arrested After Alleged Hit-and-Run

Updated: Peter Murphy’s camp has issued a statement, which you can read under the original text below.

The Glendale News-Press reports that Peter Murphy, lead singer of the British Goth rock band Bauhaus, was arrested Saturday after allegedly striking a car in Glendale and then fleeing the scene.

The event in question reportedly started around 11:48 a.m. when Murphy rear-ended a Mercedes with his Subaru Forester at an intersection. Police say he then drove around the damaged car and fled via the Ventura Freeway. It was reported that the Mercedes driver wrote down the car’s license plates before being taken away in a gurney.

After another driver reported Murphy driving erratically, Los Angeles police were able to detain him until the Glendale police arrived.

Officers said Murphy appeared “very confused” but reportedly admitted to being involved in a car crash. Murphy also denied that he’d been drinking, stating he’d only taken his prescription pills for depression and that he was jet-lagged after a recent flight.

Upon placing Murphy in the patrol car, the police later reported finding a small plastic bag—possibly of methamphetamines—that the singer allegedly tried to dispose of while detained in the vehicle.

The “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” singer was officially arrested on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamines. As of Monday, he remains in custody with a $500,000 bail.

Murphy’s Statement

Dear All

Peter will be performing all tour dates as planned after being released from custody last night.

All charges that were originally filled as felonies were lowered to misdemeanours and Peter was released with with no bail or restrictions.

Even on the lower charges Peter has pleased not guilty.

He wishes to thank everyone for their support and can’t wait to start touring

A note from Peters Lawyer

Peter Murphy was arrested by the Glendale Police Department on March 16th and was originally charged with Driving Under the Influence Causing Injury as a felony. In addition, Mr. Murphy was charged with Hit & Run and Drug Possession as misdemeanours.

The Glendale Police Department sought a bail deviation and bail was set at $500,000.00.
However, the District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint in Glendale Superior Court charging Mr Murphy with misdemeanor DUI, Hit & Run and Drug Possession.

Mr. Murphy’s lawyers from Hutton & Wilson entered a plea of not guilty to all charges and Mr. Murphy was released on his own recognizance.

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