Felony Charges for Sole Survivor in Deadly Dana Point Crash

The four Camp Pendleton Marines spent several hours at a Dana Point bar before the crash officials say

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Jun 14, 2012  |  Updated 8:05 AM PDT
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Three Marines Die in Solo-Car Crash in Dana Point

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3 Local Marines Killed in Crash

Three Camp Pendleton based Marines were killed and a fourth Marine was injured in a crash near Dana Point Tuesday morning.

Three Marines Die in Solo-Car Crash in Dana Point

A car carrying four Pendleton Marines crashed into a tree in Dana Point at 2 a.m. Tuesday. Three marines died. Investigators are citing speed and perhaps, something else.
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A Camp Pendleton Marine, charged in the deaths of three fellow Marines, had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit according to officials. 

Jared Ray Hale, 25, was seriously injured in the Feb. 14 crash that killed Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, Cpl. Jason Chleborad and Cpl. Christopher Arzola.

Prosecutors say Hale went to a Dana Point bar with his friends the night of the crash.

Three hours later, Hale was driving at a high rate of speed on Gold Lantern Street when his car crashed into a palm tree officials said.

Two of the victims riding in the backseat were killed instantly. Emergency crews used equipment to get Hale and his front-seat passenger out. The passenger made it to the hospital, but he died there.

Hale was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated while he remains in a medical rehabilitation facility for his injuries.

An arraignment date will be determined later. 

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