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- Posted on Mar 19th 2013 11:29AM by Spinner
Glendale Police Department
The "Bela Lugosi's Dead" singer, who left Bauhaus in 1983, allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in Glendale, Calif., a town near Los Angeles. The driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash; Murphy, 55, is said to have fled the scene and headed to Los Angeles. He was then chased and detained by an eyewitness in a pickup truck until police arrived. The good samaritan, according to a statement from Glendale police, "was afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving."
The Glendale News-Press reports that Murphy, who is from England but now lives in Turkey, appeared confused and disoriented but denied having consumed any alcohol. According to police, Murphy admitted to taking his prescription anti-depressants, and claimed that his disorientation was due to jetlag.
The officers reported finding a small plastic baggie possibly containing methamphetamine in the patrol car where Murphy had been detained. The News-Press reports that Murphy denied it belonged to him, but the officers believed he was trying to discard it in the patrol car.
Murphy, who was still in custody Monday with bail set at $500,000, was arrested on suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run, and possessing methamphetamine.
Murphy was charged with suspicion of causing injuries while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, felony hit-and-run and possessing methamphetamine. He's being held on $500,000 bail, with officers reportedly worrying that he'd be a flight risk. Murphy is set to tour the U.S. next month, performing Bauhaus songs in honor of the band's 35th anniversary.