Jeremy Mayfield has vowed to put his legal troubles behind him and race once again.
Mayfield, who was suspended in 2009 after failing a NASCAR mandated drug test, faces a tough battle if he expects to climb into a NASCAR racecar anytime soon. In addition to the suspension, Mayfield faces five felony charges related to a search warrant executed at his North Carolina home last year. During the search Catawba County (NC) Sheriffs deputies found methamphetamine along with stolen property. Mayfield also faces four counts of larceny in connection with stolen property in nearby Caldwell County.
As he entered court Monday to face arraignment on the Catawba County charges, Mayfield told local media that despite his suspension he would race in NASCAR again.
“I want to move forward and continue working hard,” Mayfield told the Hickory Record. “I’m trying to get these legal troubles behind us and start over. This has been a load on us.”
After his suspension in 2009, Mayfield denied using drugs and blamed the positive test on a combination of prescription and over the counter medications. He sued NASCAR, CEO Brian France and the company that conducted the drug testing alleging defamation, among other charges. A lower court dismissed the suit and Mayfield appealed. That appeal was denied last month in the 4th US Circuit Court of appeals.
In court Monday, prosecutors asked for a delay as they work to gather more evidence. The judge granted the motion and a new court date has been set for June 25. In the interim Mayfield faces other legal battles as Mayfield and his wife Shana are also facing foreclosure on their 455 acres of property. According to court documents, the couple owe over $2 million on two mortgages.
The foreclosure proceedings have been underway since last December and the property is scheduled to be sold at auction on April 30 unless the Mayfield’s can somehow pay the debt they owe. That’s something Mayfield said Monday is still possible.
“I’m working on something,” Mayfield said.
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