A 24-year-old Bellflower man arrested in connection with the weekend deaths of two teen-age campers at San Onofre State Park is scheduled to be arraigned today on suspicion of felony drunk driving, felony hit and run and two counts of vehicular manslaughter, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said today.
Douglas John Freels was arrested at his home about seven hours after the incident, which investigators believe occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Oceanside CHP Officer Jerry Bohrer said. Freels is being held in the Vista Detention Facility in San Diego County in lieu of $10,000 bail. A court spokeswoman said he is scheduled to appear for a videotaped hearing in North San Diego County Municipal Court today.
Bohrer also provided new details of how the accident occurred.
Officers tracked Freels through the license plates on his 1967 Ford Mustang, which was left at the scene atop the bodies of Graham Jacob Grubb, 18, of Laguna Niguel and his girlfriend, Amanda Jocon Ciskowski, 19, of San Diego. The teen-agers were pronounced dead of head injuries.
Freels, accompanied by a Downey man who was questioned and released, was driving north on Old Highway 101, about six miles south of Basilone Road, when the Mustang veered off the road and struck the tent where Grubb and Ciskowski were sleeping, Bohrer said. Freels allegedly drove over the couple, struck the rear of Grubb's vehicle, which was parked nearby, and continued to drag the bodies under the rear wheels for about 35 feet before coming to a stop.
Freels and his passenger then fled to a pay telephone and called a cab to take them home, Bohrer said. Freels told officers that he and his passenger had earlier been to Capistrano Beach and San Clemente and were "just going for a drive" through the state park, the officer said.