On Tuesday night, former Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested at his Catawba, North Carolina and charged with possession of both methamphetamine and stolen goods.
The stolen goods were discovered when the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department administered a search warrant on Mayfield’s property after receiving a tip that stolen property could be found there. In addition to finding the stolen property, the deputies also uncovered 1 1/2 grams of methamphetamines, divided between at least six small bags and 40 guns, ranging from antiques to modern high-powered rifles and handguns.
The stolen property came from two different companies, Lee Boy, Inc. and Larry Grant, Inc. Goods from Lee Boy, Inc. included heavy equipments, scrap metal and welding equipment. Goods from Larry Grant, Inc. included an engraving machine, truck parts, truck mirrors and electric motor controllers. All of these goods, valued at approximately $100,000, have been returned to their rightful owners. Charlotte’s CBS affiliate, WBTV, has a “gallery”:http://www.wbtv.com/slideshow?widgetid=39538/ of the guns and other equipment that was confiscated from Mayfield’s property.
As a result of the search, Mayfield was arrested for illegal possession of methamphetamines and possession of stolen property. Possession of stolen property is a Class H felony in North Carolina. He is now free on a $3,000 bond after appearing in court Wednesday morning.
NASCAR, for it’s part, is taking a back seat. However, they did release an official statement on the matter.
“Having just heard and read the news about the Jeremy Mayfield incident, we will have to see how the facts play out,” said NASCAR Spokesman Kerry Tharp. “NASCAR’s goal in its Substance Abuse program has always been to keep competitors safe and create treatment opportunities for those who need it.”
Mayfield has been out of racing since testing positive for methamphetamines in a drug test at Richmond International Raceway in May, 2009. At the time, Mayfield denied ever doing any illegal drugs, even going so far as to state on ESPN’s Outside The Lines that not only had he never done methamphetamines, he didn’t know what they were or looked like. Since that time, he has been in and out of legal proceedings with NASCAR, alleging that NASCAR has been attempting to defame him. His original defense was that the failed test was a false positive caused by a mixture of over-the-counter allergy drug Claritin-D and the ADHD medication Adderall. Mayfield briefly earned an injunction in July, 2009 that would have allowed him to return to the track, but a second failed test just five days after the injunction was granted resulted in the injunction being revoked.
Since then, Mayfield has been in and out of the news for a number of reasons. He engaged in a public feud with Lisa Mayfield after she accused him of cooking methamphetamines in a race shop as far back as 1998, then accused her of playing a role in his father’s death. That dispute resulted in Lisa suing Jeremy for slander. The case was settled out of court. Earlier this year, Mayfield was back in the news when five of his dogs attacked a female mail carrier at his house.