Stefan Wohl, 42, who turned himself in to authorities and was released pending a March hearing, drives a bus assigned to the band's violinist, Boyd Tinsley.

A driver for the Dave Matthews Band was charged yesterday (Jan. 19) with reckless conduct for dumping human waste from a tour bus over the side of a bridge onto passengers aboard a boat on the Chicago River.

Stefan Wohl, 42, who turned himself in to authorities and was released pending a March hearing, drives a bus assigned to the band's violinist, Boyd Tinsley.

Prosecutors said Wohl was alone on the bus at the time of the Aug. 8 incident, in which up to 100 gallons of waste were dumped over the bridge and fell on scores of people aboard a boat passing underneath.

Several of the passengers, who were on an architectural tour, became ill and tore off their clothes. No one was seriously injured, authorities said.

Wohl was also charged with polluting the river. He had earlier denied the charges, which each carry a penalty of up to a year in prison. The bus was identified with the help of a surveillance camera at a nearby health club, prosecutors said.

DMB, a vocal champion for environmental causes, cooperated in the investigation and donated $100,000 to organizations involved in cleaning up the river. At least one passenger has filed suit against the band and the driver.


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