Jeremy Mayfield, former NASCAR racer, busted for meth possession

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #41 Allsport Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Jeremy Mayfield busted for meth
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(CBS/AP) - Authorities say former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested Tuesday night on drug charges.

The 42-year-old driver was arrested in his home in the town of Catawba on possession of methamphetamine charges, according to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies had gone to Mayfield's home to execute a search warrant on a tip there were stolen goods in the house. During the search, deputies found the methamphetamine.

They also found items that may be stolen but deputies have not verified the items taken are in fact stolen property.

Mayfield has a scheduled court appearance Wednesday morning. His is out of jail on a $3,000 bond.

Mayfield was suspended indefinitely after failing a random drug test in May 2009. The result stemmed from a test at Richmond International Raceway.

The driver's career began in 1994, and Mayfield posted multiple top-ten finishes throughout his career. His best year was 1997, when he finished 13th in total points driving for former Ford executive and NASCAR team owner Michael Kranefuss.

Following his suspension, Mayfield denied reports that he was using illegal drugs and told CBS affiliate WBTV the results of this test were not accurate. In unsuccessful legal challenges, he claimed the results turned up positive because he took over-the-counter allergy medicine and Adderal for his Attention Deficit Disorder.

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