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Former NASCAR racer Tyler Walker enters plea by mail

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From Stgeorgeutah.com

The lawyer for former NASCAR racer Tyler Walker said his client will be entering a plea-by-mail in relation to a high speed chase that ended on the interstate near St. George in January this year.

Walker, 34, and Raelle McDonald, 31, both of Hermosa Beach, Calif., were involved in a high-speed pursuit on Jan. 11 that crossed from Nevada through Arizona and into Utah.

They were ultimately stopped by on Interstate 15 at mile post 6 by the Utah and Arizona highway patrols.

One Nevada trooper said he clocked the car, a BMW, traveling at 140 mph.

According to a UHP statement, a subsequent search of the BMW produced alleged methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol.

Walker and McDonald face a series of class-B and class C-misdemeanors related to drug possession and alcohol. They also face two drug-related third-degree felonies each. In addition to these charges, Walker also faces a class-B misdemeanor for driving under the influence, and a third-degree felony for fleeing from police.

Douglas Terry, the attorney for Walker and McDonald, told Judge Eric Ludlow that Walker would be entering a plea-by-mail. Ludlow scheduled a hearing for the plea on Jan. 7, 2014.

Walker was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on May 18, 2007 for violation of the substance abuse policy, and has not competed in NASCAR since.