The lead singer of rock band Silverchair, Daniel Johns, has been disqualified from driving for more than three months after pleading guilty to midrange drinkdriving. Johns, 35, was stopped by police in his home suburb of Merewether, in
Newcastle, on October 28. The Newcastle Local Court was told his breathalyzer bloodalcohol reading was 0.126. He had his licence suspended at the time, and was recently referred to a traffic offenders program.
Today, Magistrate David Day sentenced him to a further 14 weeks' disqualification. In a moment of humour, Magistrate Day asked if the successful musician had the means to pay the $800 fine. Outside court, Johns told the ABC the traffic offenders program had a profound effect on him, and lessons had been learned. "Yeah, they've been learned alright," he said. "Don't drink and drive." Johns will not be permitted to drive until June. "I made a mistake and, for that, I'm really sorry," he said.
His lawyer told the court Johns was deeply embarrassed and sorry. "[Johns] is a person of otherwise good character and has used his profile in the music industry to support certain charities," he said. "There was no loss of control of the vehicle, no accident and thankfully no injuries." He said the disqualification would affect his charity work and musical commitments in Sydney following the recent release of a new solo single.
If only he had puchased a high quality personal breathaliser before getting behind the wheel.
(Thanks to: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-26/silverchair-frontman-daniel-johns-disqualified-from-driving/6263646)