98 Rock's 'Stash' Pleads Guilty to DUI, Sentenced 6 Months

The former radio personality was arrested in July after a crash on Interstate 95 that injured five people.

Former Baltimore radio DJ "Stash" has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in an Abingdon accident that injured five people. He was sentenced to six months in the Harford County Detention Center on Monday, Explore Harford reports

Stephen G. Smith, 48, of the 1600 block of Junius Court in Bel Air, was arrested on July 22. The 98 Rock radio personallity was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving, and other traffic-related charges.

Around 9 p.m. on July 22, Smith was driving a 2006 Nissan Quest northbound on MD Route 24 at a high speed when he crashed into the back of a 2011 Hyundai that was stopped at a red light, according to state police. The Hyundai was driven by 34-year-old Heather Manto of Bel Air, according to Maryland State Police.

The force of the crash pushed the Hyundai into a 2009 Nissan that also was stopped at the light, police say.

The Nissan Quest continued 300 additional feet before coming to a stop near the guardrail.

Investigating troopers said Smith was demonstrating signs of being under the influence and arrested him, according to state police.

Manto and her four passengers, Todd Fisher, 30, of York, PA; Joshua Stavrakoglou, 28, of Baltimore; Joshua Cowan, 32, of Baltimore; and Harvey Dail, 29, of Abingdon; were taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for treatment. They were later released.

Clinton Cottrell Sr., 48, of Bel Air, was driving the 2009 Nissan SUV. Neither he nor his passenger, Katherine Cottrell, 47, of Bel Air, were transported for medical treatment, according to police.

Smith was taken to the Bel Air Barrack for processing then released, Lt. Chuck Moore, commander of the barrack, told Patch.

Explore Harford reported that Smith's original one-year sentence was reduced by District Court Judge Susan Hazlett after Smith participated in a 28-day alcohol treatment program.

paulisin first October 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
alcohlism is a term used for the weak minded who simply do not want to stop drinking! sad that people do not get that behavior is a choice that you make! if you want to stop anything you can it is all in your mind! they made it a diease to appese the weak!!
paulisin first October 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
yes we can not while actually working but we have lunches and parties where you can if you like! moderation is the word!
paulisin first October 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM
plenty of people drink and have productive lives! moderation is the key to everything!!!
Parkvillehoney January 03, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Were was his employer? I am sure he did a lot of appearances for 98Rock. Why didn't a supervisor take him aside and ask him to go into a rehab program; and, make it a condition of his employment? He was very lucky no one was killed. I hope and pray he will go to A A meetings and have a mentor to help him in his journey to stay sober.
Parkvillehoney January 03, 2013 at 04:51 AM
IF you have a high price lawyer, you will usually get out of anything.


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