Tyler Walker, a professional race car driver who allegedly led officers on a high-speed highway pursuit and his female passenger, Raelle Hann McDonald entered not guilty pleas on drug and evading police charges Tuesday in 5th District Court, according to The Spectrum.
Neither Walker or McDonald appeared in court, instead sent their attorney, Douglas Terry to enter their plea. Terry informed Judge Eric Ludlow that his clients are free on bail and asked the court to set a review hearing in the case.
The hearing is scheduled for September 5.
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.
Walker would do back-flips after victories, which was the inspiration for Carl Edward’s to do the same. His career was cut short though when he was suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy in 2007.
According to the story, the driver, Tyler Walker and his passenger, Raelie Hann McDonald failed to stop for police after they were pursued for speeding and felony evading. Utah troopers were able to stop the vehicle by releasing spike strips after Arizona police were unsuccessful.
The spike strips made all four tires deflate – which led to the vehicle slowing. Walker then tried to take off on foot before he gave up to an Arizona trooper.
When police inventoried the vehicle – they found methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol according to police.
Both Walker and McDonald were found to be under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. Walker received multiple charges and his bond was set at $18,020. McDonald’s bail was set at $11,072.