A professional racing driver who allegedly led officers on a high-speed highway pursuit and his female passenger entered not guilty pleas on drug and evading police charges Tuesday in 5th District Court.
Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and Raelle Hann McDonald, 30, who both list the same Hermosa Beach, Calif., address with the court, waived an evidentiary hearing in the case and asked the court to accept the pleas through their attorney, Douglas Terry. Walker and McDonald didn’t appear with Terry in court. Terry informed Judge Eric Ludlow that his clients are free on bail and asked the court to set a review hearing in the case. Ludlow scheduled the hearing for Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Walker is charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors, and McDonald is charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors stemming from their Jan. 30 arrests on an Interstate 15 ramp at Exit 6.
Walker gained fame during the past decade as a driver in the World of Outlaws sprint car series, then as a NASCAR sprint car and truck series driver. After 28 runs with NASCAR, he was suspended from racing for reportedly violating the series’ drug policy in 2007, but continued to race in other venues until the month of his arrest.
Officers reported that during subsequent investigation they found evidence of marijuana, methamphetamine, hashish, and an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle where both occupants might have had access to them, as well as multiple new and used pipes for consuming the drugs.(Spectrum of St. George)
I have watched Tyler Walker race sprint cars on many occasions over the past decade, he was a very talented race car driver. Unfortunately, in recent years his potential was never fulfilled. His suspension in NASCAR for his drug test failures began to set a tone for his behavior. Looking at his physical appearance and the overall demeanor, it appeared that Tyler was on a downward spiral! Now the 33 year old sprint car driver is facing a legal battle that will define where he spins the next few years of his life.
It would appear that this time Tyler will not be able to smooth over, buy his way out, or in general, not “pay the piper” for his misdeeds! This time he is “BUSTED”!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!