UTICA, N.Y. -- Expressing outrage and concern, Utica City Court Judge, Ralph Eannace, did not set bail for defendant, Alexander Walker, on Thursday, saying the law left him no choice.
Walker is charged with leading Utica Police on a second high-speed chase only two days after being released without bail for a prior high-speed chase. Walker spoke exclusively to NEWSChannel 2 outside the Oneida County Jail, Thursday afternoon.
"Yeah, I'm surprised," said Walker, of being released a second time, without bail. "Because, I guess, of the new bail reform law."
Walker talked about why he took off from police on Sunday, after hitting another car on Oneida Square, while operating a Maserati reported stolen from Poughkeepsie.
"They tried to stop me for an incident report and I didn't want to do that because I didn't have a license. I didn't know if I would have just stopped, they could have just gave me a ticket and somebody could've came and picked me up," said Walker. "I plan to do the right thing this time, man, I'm tired of this."
Walker apologized to those near his path during the two chases, which Utica Police say were at speeds in excess of 100 mph.
"I apologize if I hurt anybody, if I almost hurt anybody, and I'm gonna try and do the right thing."
Walker made a similar pledge on the Utica Police Department's Facebook post about first arrest, and before his second.
"Yeah I did take them on a high speed chase and people make mistakes and I'm glad nobody got hurt but in life people make mistakes nobody is perfect..."
This is not Walker's first run-in with the law. He was recently released after serving six years in state prison for burglary. Police at the time said he made a false report of shots fired, from inside the home he was burglarizing, in order to lure officers away from the home.
Walker is free until his next court appearance, Sept. 4.