It’s fairly safe to say NASCAR won’t be reinstating former driver Tyler Walker any time soon – especially after seeing the video below that wouldn’t make a NASCAR highlights show, but would certainly qualify for World’s Wildest Police Videos.
On the flip side, Walker, 34, in a way lives up to being a driver in a series known as the World of Outlaws.
In a story on Wednesday, AutoWeek.com reported it had to file a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain just-released video from the Utah Highway Patrol of a Jan. 30, 2013 chase that showed police from three states pursuing Walker for 1 1/2 hours before he was finally stopped and apprehended.
Walker was suspended by NASCAR for violating its substance abuse policy in May 2007 and has never been reinstated.
But that’s nowhere near the three felony and five misdemeanor charges Walker is facing as a result of his run-in with the law, including evading, possession of amphetamines, marijuana and narcotic equipment, as well as driving under the influence of drugs, open container and drinking in a public place and a liquor license violations.
Also arrested was his passenger, Raelle Hann McDonald, 30.
Walker originally pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 16, 2013, and after continuances, is expected to finally go to trial later this month, according to AutoWeek.com.
The video has been edited down to just under 11 minutes and shows highlights of police chasing Walker’s 2007 BMW, a state trooper pouring out vodka found in Walker’s car, being read his rights and having handcuffs placed upon him.
Walker is more well known for his racing prowess in open-wheel and dirt-track racing, particularly in the World of Outlaws, but he did make 28 career starts in NASCAR: 19 in the Nationwide Series between 2004 and 2005 and nine starts in the Busch/Nationwide Series in 2003 and 2007.
His best finish in either series was an eighth-place finish in the 2007 spring trucks race at Martinsville, the only top-10 showing of his abbreviated NASCAR career.
He was suspended by NASCAR shortly after his last start in the trucks race at Charlotte in May 2007.
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