Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns could face jail time after pleading guilty to drunk driving.
Last month it was revealed that Johns, 42, had entered rehab after being charged with impaired driving following a collision with a vehicle in Australia’s New South Wales Hunter region.
Johns was absent from the hearing earlier today (April 11) in the Hunter area, with his attorney pleading guilty on his behalf.
Like The Guardian report, Johns’ lawyer Bryan Wrench asked Magistrate Ian Cheetham to impose sentence immediately because of the mental toll the trial could have on Johns, but Cheetham told Raymond Terrace Local Court that the offense was too serious in nature for that to be a possibility – and that Johns could face a prison sentence.
The case has now been adjourned until June 22. “His primary focus is his sanity,” attorney Wrench told Johns court.
A police report quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald at the time of Johns’ accusation, he said the singer was driving a northbound SUV on the Pacific Highway when his car allegedly collided with another vehicle traveling southbound.
A roadside breathalyzer performed by paramedics reportedly gave a positive result. New South Wales Police said: “[Johns] was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he underwent a secondary breath test which gave an alleged reading of 0.157.
In an Instagram from the time of the incident, Johns began talking about his ongoing management of his mental health. “As you know, my mental health is a work in progress. I have good days and bad days but it’s something I always have to deal with.
Johns said that during that week he started having panic attacks. He continued: “Last night I got lost while driving and had an accident. I’m fine, everyone is fine.
Along with being in therapy, Johns said he “self-medicated with alcohol to deal with my PTSD, anxiety and depression.”
He added: “I know it’s not sustainable or healthy.”
Johns concluded in his post: ‘I need to take a step back now as I am self admitting to a rehab facility and I don’t know how long I will be there. Appreciate your love and support as always.
The artist opened up about his mental health struggles on the Spotify podcast Who is Daniel Johns? in which he spoke about his battles with anxiety disorders, depression and anorexia.
News of his accident came just a day after he announced a new philanthropic initiative, FutureNeverFund, which aims to help “people and animals who would never have a future without financial intervention”.
His second solo album “FutureNever” is due out on April 22.