ST. GEORGE – Former NASCAR racer Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker was arrested Monday morning after failing to appear for a sentencing hearing in 5th District Court. The sentencing was related to a high-speed chase in early 2013 that cut through three states.
Walker, 35, of Hermosa Beach, California, was scheduled to appear before Judge Eric Ludlow at 8:45 a.m. Monday for sentencing. Trevor Terry, Walker’s attorney, told the court he was in recent contact with his client, yet had no idea where he was at the time.
Ludlow issued a no-bail warrant for Walker’s arrest.
It didn’t take long for the warrant to be served, as Walker arrived in the courtroom around 9:30 a.m. He was subsequently arrested and sent to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
A review hearing has been set for March 30.
Walker pleaded guilty on Dec. 23 to felony and misdemeanor charges connecting to a Jan. 30, 2013, high-speed chase that started in Nevada, ran through Arizona and ultimately ended in Utah near milepost 6 of northbound Interstate 15. Units from the Nevada Highway Patrol, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Utah Highway Patrol each responded to the chase.
During the chase an NHP trooper clocked the BMW Walker was driving at over 140 mph. The BMW’s tires were spiked as Walker entered Utah. Walker reportedly attempted to flee on foot and was caught by Arizona DPS troopers. He and a companion, Raelle Hann McDonald, also of Hermosa Beach, California, were taken into custody.
Walker was reportedly under the influence of either or both alcohol and drugs when arrested.
He pleaded guilty to two third-degree felonies for failure to stop for an officer, and three misdemeanor charges related to drugs and alcohol.
McDonald pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges in May 2014 and was sentenced to 36 months of probation.
Charges out of Arizona related to the chase have already been resolved in court, Terry said.
Walker was a professional race car driver who had raced on the NASCAR circuit and other racing circuits. He was suspended from NASCAR racing in 2007 for alleged drug use.
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