Craig Nicholls, lead singer for Australian garage-rock heroes The Vines, was arrested this week after a violent confrontation with his parents and police. Nicholls reportedly punched his mother in the head twice before police were called.
Inspector Robert Duncan gave The Sydney Herald details of what happened next.
"He tried to evade police and a violent struggle ensued," Duncan said. "A police officer suffered grazes, cuts and bruises to both elbows and knees and was treated at St George Hospital."
Nicholls first came to prominence in the early 2000s. The Vines' debut album, Highly Evolved, was widely considered the high water mark for the then-burgeoning garage rock revival. Other bands from that era, like The Strokes and The White Stripes, managed to garner a wide following, but The Vines stagnated. Though they've released 4 albums since Highly Evolved, none have made much of an impact and, as of 2011, Nicholls is the sole remaining original member of the group.
Nicholls' reputation as a destructive, temperamental person has resulted in concert cancellations and shelved television appearances. In late 2004, Nicholls publicly revealed that he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that he contends explains away much of his erratic behavior.
According to The Sydney Herald, Nicholls has been charged with domestic assault, stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.