Peter Murphy

Former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy avoided jail time last week when he pleaded guilty to meth possession and no contest to hit-and-run driving in connection with a Southern California car crash, for which he was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to attend 45 days of Narcotics Anonymous meetings, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Murphy appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday to accept a plea deal with prosecutors, the newspaper reported, which also included the dismissal of a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. The meth conviction would be removed from Murphy’s record if he completes the NA meetings, the newspaper reported.

The singer was arrested March 16 after police say he was driving a Subaru Forester when he rear-ended a Mercedes around 11:48 a.m. in an intersection in Glendale, Calif., then fled the scene — but was followed to Los Angeles by an eyewitness who told police “he was afraid (Murphy) would kill someone with his driving.” The witness blocked Murphy’s vehicle until police came and took him into custody.

Police noted that Murphy appeared “very confused” and was unsure of the day and time, according to the newspaper. He denied drinking alcohol, but said he had taken prescription mediation for depression.

According to press accounts, police reported finding a small bag of methamphetamine inside the patrol car in which Murphy had been detained, and believe the singer had been trying to discard it.

Murphy denied the drugs were his. He later pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hit-and-run driving and possessing methamphetamine.

Following last week’s plea deal, Murphy’s attorney, Robert Wilson, told the News-Press: “It’s the correct resolution.”






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