Mayfield returns to court next month

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has hired a lawyer and will appear in court again on Jan. 3.

Mayfield is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a charge that could carry a maximum prison sentence of 12-15 months, according to Catawba County court records.

More charges are expected to surface for Mayfield, whose home and property has been searched two times within the last month for stolen property originally taken from Lincoln, Iredell and Caldwell counties.

He hired attorney David Freedman, of Winston-Salem, to represent him in the case. Freedman is also representing Shawn Clark, the ex-district attorney candidate charged with two counts of extortion and one count of obstruction of justice in relation to alleged incidents with a former client in 2009 and 2010.

Mayfield was charged with possession of meth after Catawba County sheriff’s deputies searched his home on Nov. 1 and found 1.5 grams of the drug. Authorities also seized 69 guns from the residence and stolen equipment that is valued at more than $100,000 during the search.

On Nov. 16, authorities searched Mayfield’s home again, this time looking for furniture that had been stolen in Hudson. Sheriff’s deputies recovered $5,000-$10,000 in high-end furniture on his property.

To date, Mayfield has only been charged with possession of meth. He is scheduled to appear in Catawba County court on Jan. 3.