Walker Arrested After High-Speed Chase

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Tyler Walker after winning the King's Royal at Ohio's Eldora Speedway in 2011. (Julia Johnson photo)
Tyler Walker after winning the King’s Royal at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2011. (Julia Johnson photo)

MESQUITE, Utah — Sprint car racer Tyler Walker was arrested Wednesday in Utah after he was the driver in a high-speed chase that traveled through three states.

Nevada Highway Patrol began the chase, attempting to stop Walker for speeding, but Walker, driving a BMW 750 Li attempted to evade authorities.

The chase continued through part of Arizona and into Utah before Utah State Police set up road spikes, successfully stopping the BMW. But Walker wasn’t finished, attempting to flee on foot.

After he was apprehended, troopers found methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the car.

Walker, a former World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series regular, and a passenger, Raelle Hann McDonald, were arrested on drug related charges, with Walker also charged with evading law enforcement.

The Los Angeles native was one of the rising stars of racing in the late 1990s, making his way to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before his career in that division ended after he failed a random drug test.

Walker, who is 33 years old, won the King’s Royal sprint car race in 2011.