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Marine from Camp Pendleton arrested for DUI in three-vehicle crash

CAMP PENDLETON - A 22-year-old Marine corporal stationed at Camp Pendleton was behind bars today on suspicion of driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle crash in South Orange County that injured four people.

The collision was reported at 10:43 p.m. yesterday (Monday, Sept. 20) at Avery and Marguerite parkways in Mission Viejo.

A Volkswagen Jetta coming off the northbound San Diego (5) Freeway apparently went through a red light at Avery and struck a Honda Element, which then struck a Chevrolet Cobalt, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Kurt Vassentine said.

Three people briefly trapped in the Element were hospitalized with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, Sheriff's Lt. Jim England said. Another person in the Cobalt sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Jetta's driver, Colin Newman, escaped injury and was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, England said.

A Camp Pendleton spokesman confirmed that Newman is a Marine corporal stationed at Camp Pendleton. Newman was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Orange County jail records.


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