Daniel Johns gets jail for drink driving, but will serve in community due to bad mental health

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Rock star Daniel Johns has escaped a full time jail term after a magistrate found his life-long mental health battles had contributed to him being so drunk he drove the wrong way along the Pacific Highway, causing a crash which sent a truck rolling and sliding for 100 metres and the former Silverchair frontman to rehab.

Johns, 43, whispered “thank you” after Raymond Terrace Local Court magistrate Ian Cheetham said the musician’s conduct warranted jail time but ordered that he serve it in the community as an intensive corrections order.

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He was three times over the legal alcohol limit when he drove on the wrong side of the Pacific Highway at North Arm Cove before he crashed into a van and injured two people.

He must take part in a rehabilitation program and abstain from drinking alcohol.
Johns’ licence has been disqualified for seven months.
An interlocker, a device where the driver must do a breath test in order to start the car, will be installed in his car for two years.

It was Johns’ second drink driving offence after being convicted and fined $880 after registering 0.124 when he was stopped for speeding in suburban Newcastle in 2014.

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