Suspended NASCAR driver Mayfield faces new charges

Associated Press Modified: February 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm •  Published: February 20, 2012
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CATAWBA, N.C. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was hit with new criminal charges as he fights his suspension from the racing circuit.

Indictments by a Catawba County grand jury released Monday charge Mayfield with three counts of possessing property stolen from businesses, and a fourth charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

The indictment accuses Mayfield of possessing goods stolen from three companies, including a sofa, love seat, and other furniture from DEA Ventures Inc. and more than $1,000 worth of personal property belonging to Red Bull Racing Inc.

The indictment alleges the offenses took place around the time law officers raided his Catawba home in November.

Mayfield, 42, was charged then with possessing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine. Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said they also found about $100,000 worth of items taken from businesses in that county.

A Washington, D.C.-based attorney representing Mayfield after the November raid did not return a message seeking comment Monday.

Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR after failing a random drug test at Richmond International Raceway in May 2009. He was in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond last month to argue his lawsuit seeking reinstatement as a NASCAR driver should be heard by the courts.



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