Deputy Herb Wiggins says it remains unclear where Carr was prior to surrendering, or if anyone assisted him while he fled. "He's not giving up any information as of right now," said Wiggins. "They're still investigating where he might have been throughout these last couple of days."Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick tells CNYCentral his official will approach this case as a drunk driving homicide. Fitzpatrick says it will be difficult because no blood samples were taken and no breath test was given to Carr at the time of the crash.
Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputy Herb Wiggins says prosecutors can use other information in place of a blood sample.
"There's common law case where, with witness statements and affidavits, that sort of thing, that can assist us in determining that he was driving while intoxicated," explained Wiggins. "Then, we can use that against him."
The case will go before a grand jury soon.
Deputies say Carr surrendered with his attorney at the Onondaga County Sheriff??s Office Headquarters. He was arraigned in Clay Town Court and charged with felony leaving the scene of an incident without reporting. He pleaded not guilty.
Deputies say Carr crashed his 1998 Audi into a utility pole on Bonstead Road in the Town of Clay on Sunday night. Deputies say Carr then ran, leaving his passenger, 40-year-old Steven Sears, of Phoenix, to die in the wreckage.Deputies previously said Carr had told a witness at the scene that he was drunk and could not have another DWI. New York State Corrections records show Carr has spent time in state prison on three separate occasions. The first was in 1992 on convictions of burglary and attempted burglary. The next was 2006 on a criminal contempt conviction. The third stint was in 2010 on a parole violation for the previous offense. Investigators would not elaborate on the details of the past convictions that sent him to prison. Carr was also arrested in New Jersey in 2011, according to the Asbury Park Press. He was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a car he was riding in was pulled over and the officer noticed a glass pipe in the car.Police said Thursday that Carr refused medical attention Tuesday for injuries related to the crash while on the way to the hospital. Later on Tuesday, medical staff at the Justice Center determined that he should be evaluated by hospital medical staff. Carr was taken to a local emergency room, treated and released.
Deputies are still investigating and will meet with the District Attorney's office regarding additional charges.
Carr is currently being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail.