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By Jim Shilander
A former Marine who crashed his car and killed three passengers, all fellow Marines, in Dana Point in February 2012 was convicted Wednesday of causing bodily injury while driving under the influence, and causing bodily injury with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08 percent.
Jared Ray Hale, 27, faces 12 years in prison as a result of the conviction.
Hale and his three passengers, Jeremiah Callahan, Christopher Arzola and Jason Chleborad, had been drinking at Hennesy’s Tavern on Feb. 13, 2012 and left at approximately 2 a.m. the morning of Feb. 14. When Hale began heading north on Golden Lantern, he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median and hit a tree.
Callahan and Arzola were pronounced dead at the scene while Chleborad died at a hospital hours later. Hale suffered brain trauma and a broken arm. When his blood alcohol was taken after the crash, it registered .16, twice the legal limit. All four men were stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time of the crash.
A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 30.