Marine Charged in Crash that Killed 3 Others from Camp Pendleton

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DANA POINT, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Camp Pendleton Marine is charged with killing three fellow Marines by crashing into a tree while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jared Ray Hale, 25, is charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence with sentencing enhancements and allegations for driving with a blood alcohol levelover .15 percent and causing great bodily injury.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison.

Prosecutors say Hale went to Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point with three friends on February 13, all of them Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton.

They included Cpl. Jason Chleborad, 22, of Rapid City, S.D., Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, 23, of Chadron, Neb. and Cpl. Christopher Arzola, 21, of Westfied, Mass.

Around 2:00 a.m. on February 14, the four Marines left the bar in Hale's Dodge sedan.

Prosecutors say Hale was driving on Golden Lantern Road when he lost control of his car near the intersection of Terra Vista.

The car ran over the center median and crashed into a tree on the passenger’s side of the car.

The car spun around the tree and came to rest against the tree on the median.

Callahan and Arzola were pronounced dead at the scene due multiple blunt force injuries.

Chleborad was transported to Mission Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:03 a.m. due to multiple blunt force injuries.

All three were with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during its recent deployment to Afghanistan.

They enlisted in 2008 and were data network specialists, who installed and maintained computer-based information systems.

Chleborad and Callahan each received a combat action ribbon for having been under fire and returned fire.

Arzola had received a good conduct medal.

Hale was knocked unconscious in the crash and was transported to Mission Hospital, where he was treated for brain trauma and a fractured arm.

Approximately an hour and a half after the crash, Hale is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .16 percent.

Hale is now in a medical rehabilitation facility recovering from his injuries, and will be arraigned upon release.

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