Trey Anastasio, guitarist and founding member of the acclaimed jam band Phish, has been asked to leave the group following his arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, possessing drugs, and driving with a suspended license.
Mr. Anastasio, 42, came to grief on Friday when he could not keep his vehicle from drifting as he approached a traffic stop in Whitehall, New York, at 3:30 a.m.
Patrolman Andrew Mija, who had noticed Mr. Anastasio's free-style performance, thought he might be drunk, but a breath test did not reveal the presence of alcohol.
Mr. Anastasio failed the Gamehenge field sobriety test, police said, and a search of his black 2004 Audi yielded three prescription drugsthe painkillers hydrocodone and Percocet and the anti-anxiety medication Xanaxall of which had been prescribed to someone named Wilson.
Mr. Anastasio was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of controlled substances, and DWI-drugs. He was released to a friend on an appearance ticket for a January 10 court date at Whitehall Village Court. If convicted of the charges, he faces up to a year in jail.
Police did not say if they would seek Mr. Wilson, who is believed to live in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.