Former NASCAR and World of Outlaws racer Tyler Walker, who led police on a high-speed chase through three states in January 2013, has pleaded guilty to two felony charges and three misdemeanors as part of a deal.
Today in a St. George, Utah court, the 35-year-old Walker pleaded guilty to felony counts of failure to stop for an officer and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of impaired driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having an open container of alcohol in the car.
The Spectrum notes that Walker appeared in court with a much different look compared to how he appeared in his mug shot on the day of his arrest (pictured, right).
In the latter, Walker wore dreadlocks, a goatee, and a untucked shirt. But today in court, Walker was clean-shaven with a short-cropped haircut and wore a black suit.
Walker has been undergoing treatment for alcohol and drug issues. The Associated Press’ report on today’s proceedings also mentions a disclosure from Walker’s attorney, Trevor Terry, that Walker is receiving treatment for some brain damage sustained in crashes from his racing career, which may have helped contribute to his problems.
”He’s not saying that meth use is an acceptable way to cope with that, but that’s what happened,” Terry said to the AP.
All in all, Walker believes he feels a lot better now than he did when he took cops on his infamous chase.
“I just want to thank everybody who helped me out … and also apologize to … everybody who was on the road,” he said per The Spectrum. “And just let everybody know I’m doing everything I can to … be healthy so this never happens again.”
Sentencing for Walker is scheduled for Feb. 23, 2015. Terry believes that Walker will likely receive probation.
Walker has competed in 28 NASCAR events but was suspended from the racing league in 2007 for violation of its drug policy.