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Windsor man convicted in deadly 2007 crash held on DUI, domestic violence charges

  • Ryan Karr in court in 2010. (PD FILE, 2010)

A Windsor man on parole for the deaths of five people in a 2007 Highway 101 crash has been wanted by police in the last year involving suspected domestic violence and a DUI investigation, according to law enforcement reports.

On Sunday Ryan Karr, 32, was in custody, said Petaluma police Sgt. Ken Savano.

With help from an anonymous tip, Petaluma police and state parole officers arrested him at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

He was found at a rap concert at the downtown Phoenix Theatre.

Karr had been wanted since December, when he ran from Santa Rosa Junior College officers. They'd stopped him for a suspected driving violation and suspected he was intoxicated.

But Karr drove off and escaped the police pursuit, Savano said.

A warrant for Karr's arrest in that case included evading an officer, hit-and-run, reckless driving, resisting arrest, vandalism and driving on a suspended license, according to jail records.

Karr also was wanted after a June 2012 arrest involving suspicion of felony corporal injury on a spouse and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, according to police and jail records.

Karr had pleaded not guilty in court, according to a news report. But he apparently later failed to show up for hearings and a no-bail arrest warrant was issued for him, jail records showed.

For both cases, Karr was on parole from his 2010 conviction of five counts of felony vehicular manslaughter.

In 2007, Karr crashed into the back of a Honda Civic on Highway 101 north of Santa Rosa. The van caught fire and five family members died.

A surviving boy, now 11, suffered burns over 70 percent of his body and lost part of one leg, arm and an ear.

Toxicology reports showed evidence of cocaine and marijuana in Karr's system.

A maximum sentence would have been six years, eight months.

Karr was sentenced to four years in prison — a minimum sentence. He served half the time.

Karr is due in court Tuesday morning to be arraigned on charges from the two cases.

He is being held without bail.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com.

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