Former Silverchair frontman gets 10 months for drink-driving

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Former Silverchair frontman gets 10 months for drink-driving

The former frontman of the now-defunct Australian band Silverchair, Daniel Johns, was sentenced to 10 months in jail for serving in the community over a high-range drink-driving car crash.

He was given an intensive corrections order, disqualified from driving for seven months, and ordered to fit an alcohol-reading interlock device with his car for 24 months when he gets his drivers' licence back.

In March of this year, Johns was charged with high-range drink driving after a head-on crash at North Arm Cove, north of Newcastle.

When tested, he returned a blood alcohol reading three times more than the legal limit.

Police facts tendered in Raymond Terrace Local Court said Johns, 43, was heading north in his SUV when he crossed onto the wrong side of the Pacific Highway and collided with a light commercial truck traveling in the opposite direction.

The crash happened after Johns, 43, left a service station, according to the police facts tendered in court.

Both vehicles ended up on a nearby nature strip.

A 51-year-old man and a 55-year-old female passenger were treated at the scene.

Johns entered rehabilitation of his own will for four weeks after the crash, and the court was told he has not touched alcohol since.

In his sentencing submission, defence lawyer Bryan Wrench said his client suffered from complex mental health issues from his time as a child musical star.

He was a very successful musician. He was 14 when he came to him in an unwanted way and came with attacks and vitriol, Mr Wrench said.

More to come.