NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield went before a magistrate in Catawba County Tuesday following his indictment Monday on three charges of possession of stolen goods and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Mayfield turned himself in to Catawba County Sheriff's Detectives just after 3 p.m. and just over an hour later walked out of the building free on $25000 unsecured bond. Mayfield said of the charges "They're not true." His Attorney, Robert Freedman of Winston-Salem said Mayfield would plead not guilty and he asked the public "To keep an open mind."
Mayfield thanked his supporters and said he looked forward to the day he could get all the charges behind him and move on with his life.
When asked if he wanted to get back into racing, Mayfield said yes. "We're gonna do something, not sure what yet but obviously we got to get all this behind us but after that and everything settles down we'll do something again, not sure what it's gonna be yet but definitely gonna race."
Mayfield is also indicted on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.
The alleged incidents occurred between November 1 and 16 of 2011, according to the indictments.
Mayfield is alleged to have stolen several thousand dollars worth of property belonging to Red Bull Racing, Fitz Holdings and DEA Ventures.
The indictments also allege that Mayfield sold a stolen metal surface plate to Smith Setzer and Sons, Inc. for $1,200.
Mayfield's home was searched in November where investigators seized thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, detectives found 40 firearms, 1 1/2 grams of meth and a number of items that had been stolen from Lee Boy Inc. and Larry Grant, Inc., a trucking company in Lincolnton.
Mooresville police said they found commercial audio and video equipment reported stolen from Red Bull Racing at 192 Raceway Dr. in Mooresville. This theft was reported to police in February 2011, police said.
NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was suspended indefinitely after failing a random drug test in May 2009.
The result stems from a test at Richmond International Raceway.
Later Mayfield told WBTV the results of this test were not accurate. He claimed the results turned up positive because he took allergy medicine and Adderal for his Attention Deficit Disorder.
Mayfield and NASCAR were then involved in various lawsuits.