NASCAR racer Timothy Walker pleads ‘not guilty’ in high speed chase, drug case

ST. GEORGE – A former NASCAR driver and his companion pleaded not guilty in Fifth District Court via their lawyer Monday to charges connected to a multi-state pursuit and drug case.

Booking photos courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol

Attorney Douglas Terry entered not guilty pleas on behalf of his clients, Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and Raelle Hann McDonald, 30, both of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Though both Walker and McDonald are out on bail, neither made an appearance in the courtroom and matters were handled through their attorney. Both have chosen to waive the preliminary and arraignment portions of the trail process, Terry told the court.

The next hearing, a review hearing, is set for Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Recap

Charges against Walker and McDonald stem from a Jan. 11 incident in which they were accused of fleeing from the police and drug possession.

A reckless driver on northbound Interstate 15 in Nevada was reported to dispatch and the Nevada Highway Patrol was alerted. One Nevada trooper clocked the car, a BMW, passing at 140 mph.

The NHP initiated pursuit of the BMW which passed into Arizona and then into Utah where the tires were spiked at Utah mile post 2 and all four tires blown. The car then pulled over at mile post 6. Once stopped, a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol said, Walker attempted to flee on foot but was quickly subdued by an Arizona Highway Patrol trooper. McDonald was taken into custody without incident.

According to the UHP statement, a subsequent search of the BMW found meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol.

Charges

Walker and McDonald face a series of class B and class C misdemeanors related to drug possession and alcohol. They also face two drug-related third felonies each. In addition to these charges, Walker also faces a class B misdemeanor for DUI, and a third-degree felony for fleeing from police.

Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker

Walker is a professional race car driver, having previously raced stock cars and trucks in various NASCAR races. He was suspended from racing in 2007 for violating the association’s drug policy.

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Utah Highway Patrol arrest a vehicle and its occupants involved in a high speed chase originating in Nevada, crossing through the Arizona Strip and into Utah on Interstate 15 between 7:30 and 8 a.m., vehicle spiked at Utah milepost 2, and brought to a halt at milepost 6. St. George, Utah, Jan. 30, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News
Utah Highway Patrol arrest a vehicle and its occupants involved in a high speed chase originating in Nevada, crossing through the Arizona Strip and into Utah on Interstate 15 between 7:30 and 8 a.m., vehicle spiked at Utah milepost 2, and brought to a halt at milepost 6. St. George, Utah, Jan. 30, 2013 | Photo by Chris Caldwell, St. George News

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Paul Jensen July 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Don’t like to pass judgment, bit it sounds as if the lad may have a bit of an issue with illegal substance abuse. Just sayin;.

  • Stacy October 29, 2014 at 2:53 am

    …. And then there’s felony-stupid… During a 140 mph chase he didn’t think of tossing the meth out of the car?

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