A Novato man who was behind the wheel during a Humboldt County car crash that killed a Fairfax woman was arrested Wednesday on felony drug warrants.

George Edward Malamphy, 57, was arrested by Novato police at his home in Hamilton at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. The warrants out of Humboldt County were for possession of narcotics or controlled substances, possession of concentrated cannabis and transportation or selling of narcotics or controlled substances.

Malamphy has a history of drug charges in Marin County dating to 1991, according to Marin County Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong. He was on his way to a court date in Humboldt County in a borrowed car when the crash occurred at 7:25 a.m. June 1.

Malamphy was ejected from the car and hospitalized after the crash near Weott, about 200 miles north of Marin County in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. His passenger, Robyn Ring, 42, of Fairfax was killed.

Malamphy suffered fractures of a leg and ribs and had lacerations and a concussion, said Officer Len Johnson of the Garberville office of the California Highway Patrol.

Officers from the Ross Police Department have been in contact with Garberville CHP investigators about items found at the crash site, Johnson said. Items stolen out of cars in Ross were found scattered in and around the burned-out 1996 Buick that Malamphy had been driving.


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