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Ex-Bauhaus Singer Peter Murphy Arrested for Alleged DUI, Hit-and-Run

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Former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and hit-and-run after allegedly rear-ending another vehicle in Glendale, Calif., on Saturday morning before driving off to L.A., where an eyewitness blocked him until cops arrived at the scene.

Murphy, who was driving a Subaru Forester, allegedly struck a Mercedes parked at a traffic light in Glendale. He was subsequently followed by another driver in a pickup truck who worried Murphy “would kill someone with his driving,” reports the Glendale News-Press. The woman driving the Mercedes was also able to jot down Murphy’s license plate number before Glendale emergency personnel hauled her away for treatment, and the man who followed the singer to Los Angeles in the pickup truck boxed the singer’s car in until police arrived.

Glendale officers said Murphy appeared to be at points “very confused,” but he denied drinking alcohol and told police he had only taken his regular prescription pills for depression. Officers also found a small plastic bag possibly containing methamphetamine in the back of the cruiser where Murphy had been detained. He was arrested on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamine and remained in custody on Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Earlier this month, Murphy announced plans to hit the road on the so-called Mr. Moonlight tour and perform Bauhaus material in North America an Europe. The summer trek is slated to kick off April 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

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