Glen Falls Post Star reports that former lead singer of Phish was charged today with misdemeanor drug possession, driving while under the influence of drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation after a 3:30 a.m. traffic stop in the village of Whitehall.
The singer/guitar player was traveling alone in a black 2004 Audi sedan and told police he was headed to Burlington, Vt.
He failed field sobriety tests, and was found to have a bottle that contained three different types of prescription drugs, including two powerful painkillers, Whitehall Police Chief Richard LaChapelle said.
He also told police he had smoked hashish and taken prescription drugs before he was pulled over, the chief said.
A prescription bottle containing about 60 prescription pills of the painkillers Percocet and hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax was found, but he told police he did not have prescriptions for them, the chief said.
The chief said Anastasio was “very remorseful” and accomodating to police.
“He’s a real nice guy,” LaChapelle said. “He said ‘You know what, I’ve got a problem and I’ve got to take care of it. Everything happens for a reason.'”