Camp Pendleton Marine suspected of pushing girls off cliff arrested

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Police investigate incident at South Carlsbad State Beach where two teenaged girls were pushed off a cliff.

SAN DIEGO — A Camp Pendleton Marine is expected to face assault and battery charges for allegedly pushing two female companions off an oceanfront bluff over South Carlsbad State Beach during a drunken argument, seriously injuring one of them, police said Wednesday.

Bradley Huston, 20, and a fellow serviceman were socializing with a 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman alongside the cliff at the foot of Cerezo Drive when they got into a dispute shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Carlsbad police spokeswoman Jodee Sasway said.

As the disagreement escalated, Huston allegedly shoved the victims, sending them tumbling 10 to 15 feet down the precipice.

“Alcohol is thought to have played a role in the incident,” Sasway said. The reason for the quarrel was unclear.

Medics tended to the victims at the scene, then took the younger one to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment of injuries of significant, but non-life-threatening injuries. The 18-year-old told emergency crews she did not need further medical attention.

About 3:30 p.m., police arrested Huston with assistance from the Camp Pendleton provost marshal, Sasway said. He was booked into county jail in Vista and was released on bail early this morning.

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