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Crash Slows Traffic Near Belcamp on I-95

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.

Tim October 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
So I decided to look myself up in the court system, just out of curiosity. Turns out there is someone else with my exact same name and he's not been the best driver either.
Annie October 25, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Driving while under the influence is as serious as attempted murder.....and quite frankly, it is the same.....how would you feel if you we're the car that was hit....and there could have been way more serious injuries than occurred....this time.....while you are driving a 1/4 ton vehicle, it is a potential weapon if not handled properly
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Annie, you said "if he is out representing 98 Rock he shouldn't be drinking at all." Are you kidding? LOL!
Annie October 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM
M Sullivan....I am not kidding....if someone is on the clock for an employer, then no drinking. Can you drink where you work? I can't
Annie October 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Contrary to popular belief by the X, Y, and Z generations, you really can have fun and not consume alcohol or drugs. If you can't then you are headed in the same direction as Stash and others.
Donald October 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
32 convictions and still driving, what's wrong with our legal system?
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM
You or I don't work for 98 Rock. LOL
Annie October 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I can't help but wonder, M Sullivan, if you have children and how old they are.....care to share that?
Annie October 25, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I agree, Donald, the system is truly broken
mcgillicuddy October 25, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Palm greasing?
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Annie, I am starting to think that you know nothing about 98 Rock. Take a look at their website. 75% of the parties they sponsor are in bars or some other alcoholic venue, which is fine with me. Don't you think that, after their official duties as emcee or whatever are done, they might imbibe in a few drinks, especially someone like Stash with a drinking problem?
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
"... a 1/4 ton vehicle" ? I didn't know he was driving a motorcycle.
Annie October 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Then after their MC duties are over, they're not on the clock, are they. I know enough about 98 Rock to know that they encourage addictive behaviors on impressionable 20 something's, thus causing poor choices for themselves and those they entertained.
Annie October 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Even....M Sullivan, to the point of producing offspring that are unsupported.....and the vicious circle continues
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Stash probably subscribes to Modern Drunkard magazine. The guide for drunks everywhere. See: http://www.drunkard.com/
Tim October 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
M. Sullivan: It sounds like Annie is one of those religious/puritanical zealots people like us just laugh at. Annie: I drink between 4-8 beers every week (total). I'm doing jusssst fine, thanks. Alcohol is fine - in fact it's HEALTHY in moderation. Science has proved this repeatedly. I quote Ben Franklin "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." I also believe moderate cannabis usage is perfectly safe as well (although I've never partaken in it, and have no real interest in doing so, even if it became legal). You could make the same arguement towards gambling. For every person that turns into a degenerate, there are ten who keep proper perspective and participate properly. Gambling is as old as time itself. Bottom line is, as an individual you need to know who you are, be honest about where your good sense limits are as they apply to these vices. When you, as a grown adult, make bad judgments, bad things can happen and you're responsible for them.
Tim October 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
LOL, that's right...satan on the radio waves. Cover your ears!!!
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Tim, I think your assessment is right on. These Madd Mothers would like to bring back Prohibition. While there are some who can't handle the effects of booze or control their consumption, there are those who go through life just fine with it. I may go weeks without a drink, or I may have a few drinks, or I may decide to get loaded. I got a BS in Applied Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering while working full time and drinking 5 nights a week. As I have gotten older, I imbibe less, but drink higher quality spirits more for special occasions than as a regular hobby. I have never had a DWI.
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I think I saw one of those offspring a couple of weeks ago. This mastermind was skateboarding down the middle turn lane on York Rd at about 1:00A.M. on a Friday night, wearing all black, of course. Now, if someone had run over this nutcase after having a few beers he would be in as much trouble as Stash. The accident would be added to the statistics of "alcohol related accidents".
Ashley October 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
We have happy hour at my office every Friday at 3pm. I am being totally serious.
Annie October 25, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I guess I am the zealot that I swore I would never become...but growing up with 2 alcoholic parents taught me that social drinking is fine if you cut it off before you can't drive. I used to have to help my father drive a pick up truck...and M Sullivan....it was a 1/2 ton pickup ....and Ashley....that is probably the only way to get people to join the company and to retain them....I am finished.....
M. Sullivan October 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Sounds like a cool place to work, Ashley.
Tim October 26, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Annie: Both of my parents were alcoholics as well. I hear you on this. One of them could (I suppose) be somewhat considered one still. I had an uncle who got himself killed drunk driving. What it meant to me is that I had to be aware of the genetic inclination for it to happen, and mentally keep it in check. Of course I was your classic fraternity drunk in college, living on campus and all. I drank plenty (and ate) after hockey games all throughout my 20's before I had to stop playing a few years ago for health reasons. Actually, I think what it really is, is that once I had my son, hangovers were both irresponsible and unfair to the little guy. Like Sully said, I'm more of a microbrew drinker these days. Two of them and I've got all the buzz I want 95% of the time. About once every 4 months or so an opportunity comes up to get pretty blasted (wedding, small party, etc) and I usually do that. Just enough to remind me it's fun once or twice a year, but that's about it. In the end, I absolutely understand where you are Annie, just be mindful that not everyone is in the same place as you. People like Stash sadly don't seem to get it, it's a failing on his part - not drinking itself. I sincerely hope that he can get his life together, before it's too late.
Concerned female voter October 26, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I am guessing that he was referring to the fact that the whole "pink ribbon" movement brings glamour to a horrible disease. Those ribbons are on everything, and there are SO many events, and rightly so! It would be nice if there were more attention brought to alcoholism, it affects at least as many people as breast cancer.
Ashley October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Actually Annie, my company has a very, very low turnover rate. Aside from myself and a few others, everyone else has been here for 15+ years. I have excellent benefits; my company pays 100% for both my medical and dental. They also pay 100% of the cost for me to go to college and my 100% of book costs. I have a flexible schedule and I make good money. Then there's the free tickets to baseball games and the company 50 yard seats to the Ravens games that we raffle out to the employees. Yeah, I'm sure you're right that it's the booze that keeps everyone here and definitely not the fact that it's an excellent company to work for (with some pretty amazing perks, including having a drink on Friday afternoons. My boss says he's making hurricanes today. haha).
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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