98 Rock's Stash Charged With DUI in Harford County

The radio personality was arrested and charged after a crash on Interstate 95.

Radio station 98 Rock DJ "Stash" has been charged with driving under the influence in an accident in Abingdon that injured five people.

Stephen G. Smith, 48, of the 1600 block of Junius Court in Bel Air, was charged Sunday with driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving, and other traffic-related charges.

Smith, known as 98 Rock radio personallity Stash, confirmed to The Baltimore Sun he was arrested Sunday.

The charges stem from an accident on MD Route 24 at the Abingdon intersection with Interstate 95, according to Maryland State Police.

Around 9 p.m., Smith was driving a 2006 Nissan Quest northbound on MD Route 24 at a high speed when he allegedly 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.

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.

ron jeremy July 31, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Hey stash, open the box dude, oh look, you lost your job. No more Jones Toyota for you.
Dave Elliott August 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I ma not defending Stash, but some of it is his work environment. 98Rock is always promoting a booze cruise or drink night somewhere, all the time. Beer & Brats is done live from some restaurant early in the A.M. This year when Mickey, Amelia and staff went to Ocean City, they got a special permit for public drinking for 8A.M. Next year, Mickey wants to get one for 6A.M. That needs to stop! I hope the victims of this incident are going to be fine. I was rear ended 2 years ago and stil have pain. Stash needs to be off the road and in treatment.
HDGresident August 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Well said Lorena Jones!
JDK August 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I agree!!! Tougher punishment for all traffic offences and make the judges who let them off responsible when the do it again!!!
christa October 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The judicial system is very broken and I bet his punishment will be a pat on the hand especially in Harford County. I’m sure it will cost him a pretty penny in attorney fees . Check out case #12K11000334 in Harford co circuit court. This drunk was only sentenced to 1 yr in Harford Hilton with work release for his 8th DWI. Was released in Oct 2011 without any probation whatsoever and was arrested for his 9th DWI in Jan 2012 in Stewartstown PA. His hearing will be in November 2012 in York county, pa. He’s since been caught driving several times on a revoked license in MD. He’ll probably again be drinking and driving daily without a driver’s license by the end of November. It’s sad that there has to be a fatality (usually not the drunk driver) before justice is served.


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