HICKORY N.C. – Former NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield has been hit with two additional felony charges for possession of stolen goods and is expected in court in June.
But Mayfield’s Attorney David Freedman said he plans to file motions within the week to have the newest charges dismissed. Mayfield also is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods/property and felony obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County. Mayfield faces four felony counts of larceny in Caldwell County.
Jeremy Mayfield’s attorney David Freedman (right) talks with Mayfield during the suppression hearing to dismiss the search warrant against Mayfield in Catawba County in April
A grand jury handed up the indictments on the two additional charges against Mayfield on April 22. He turned himself in and was given a $30,000 unsecured bond.
The indictments say Mayfield was in possession of items with a value of more than $1,000 from both Lincar Investments LLC and from B.R. Lee Industrial Properties LLC. Items from the businesses listed in the indictments include a plasma cutter, air filters, hydraulic fittings, stud welder, turbo air cleaners, cutting boards, stoplight, engraver, truck mirrors, bonding kits, lights and grease and oil reels.
The indictments list the offense date as Nov. 1, 2011 for both charges and lists Mayfield’s address as 6397 Hudson Chapel Road, Catawba. A Catawba County land record lists the owner of the property as Carolina Farm Credit ACA in Statesville. The company, which had loaned Mayfield about $3 million, bought the property at a public auction last year.
Mayfield was living at the property when investigators conducted a search of his property on Nov. 1, 2011. Law enforcement found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in a safe in Mayfield’s home, as well as sound equipment and electronics, Red Bull Racing signs, tools and furniture that were reported stolen, according to indictments. Mayfield is also accused of selling a metal surface plate to a company for $1,200.
In April, Superior Court judges in Catawba and Caldwell counties denied motions by Mayfield’s attorneys to suppress the search warrant where detectives say they found items that had been taken from different businesses.
Mayfield’s attorneys argued the search warrant was based on information police received from an informant, John Franklin, who had a criminal history. Franklin, 35, and Allison Nixon, 22, of Conover, died in a crash on U.S. 321 in Granite Falls in September. The two died when the motorcycle on which they were riding, estimated to be traveling about 120 mph at the time of the accident, collided with a vehicle making a left turn from Glenn Ridge Drive.
According to the Highway Patrol, 7½ grams of methamphetamine, $1,714 in cash and two weight scales were found in a concealed compartment on the motorcycle. A small amount of meth was also found on Nixon, who was the passenger of the motorcycle.
Mayfield’s next court date for the charges in Catawba County is set for June 3. A trial date has been set in September for Mayfield’s Caldwell County charges, Freedman said.
Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 when he tested positive for methamphetamine, something he denies. He maintains the results of the drug test were due to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall and the allergy drug Claritin-D.