The long fall of Jeremy Mayfield continues with the news that he was arrested Tuesday night in Catawba, North Carolina on charges of meth possession.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office had visited Mayfield's home to investigate charges of stolen property, and during a search turned up 1.5 grams of methamphetamine. The search also found items that may or may not have been stolen from the Red Bull Racing Team. Police also seized an estimated 50 firearms from the property. Mayfield is out of jail on a $3,000 bond.
Mayfield's story is one of the most unfortunate in recent racing history. A Chase-level driver as recently as 2005, his final race was the Richmond spring event in 2009. Soon afterward, he was suspended for failing a random drug test at Richmond. Mayfield fought the results of the test, saying they were skewed by his use of allergy and attention-deficit medicine.
From there, the story devolved into grim farce, with Mayfield, his relations and NASCAR throwing charges back and forth regarding possible meth cooking, suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Mayfield's father, and an alleged conspiracy by Brian France and others to keep Mayfield out of NASCAR. (Here's a complete rundown of the Mayfield saga in 2009. Ignore the musical element.)
The police report, according to the AP, listed Mayfield as "unemployed."