By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
6:07 PM EDT, July 27, 2012
An attorney representing former 98 Rock DJ Steven G. Smith, better known as Stash, said his client would seek treatment for alcoholism and hoped to return to radio, if not at the same station where he'd been a fixture for more than 20 years.
"The problem is with alcohol," attorney Leonard Shapiro said of his client, whose employment at 98 Rock ended this week, days after he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. "He knows he's got to get into a treatment program."
On Sunday, after an accident in Harford County sent five people to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Smith was charged with DUI, negligent driving and other traffic offenses, according to police.
Shapiro said his client would be entering a treatment program "very, very soon."
Smith, a father of five who lives in Bel Air, declined Friday to discuss the incident, referring all questions to his attorney.
"There are some things he's got to deal with," Shapiro said. "He feels like he's let people down."
The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that 98 Rock program director Dave Hill confirmed that the station and Smith had parted. Smith had been the afternoon drive-time DJ. Shapiro said Smith hoped to return to the airwaves at some point.
"He hopes to get back on the air soon," Shapiro said. "That's what he does for a living."
The charges in connection with the accident Sunday were the latest of several filed in the past two years against Smith.
Baltimore Sun reporter Mary Gail Hare contributed to this article.
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