Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield loses round in court

Motion to suppress evidence of search denied
Apr. 16, 2013 @ 08:19 AM

Jurors will be allowed to know what police found at Jeremy Mayfield’s house if his Caldwell County case goes to trial.

In Caldwell Superior Court Monday, Judge Richard Houghton denied a motion to suppress a search warrant conducted on Mayfield’s 470-acre property in Catawba. Police turned up pieces of furniture from Thomasville, Broyhill, Sherrill and other well-known furniture brands in a trailer reported stolen from Anderson Truck Lines, located at 2698 Hickory Boulevard.

David Freedman, Mayfield’s attorney, told the court that Mayfield bought and sold furniture, and many of the pieces would naturally be at the property, which has since been sold after Mayfield’s wife Shana declared bankruptcy. Freedman contents the search warrant was invalid.

“This was no surprise,” Freedman said afterward. “It’s time to go to trial.”

Mayfield, former disgraced NASCAR driver, was charged by Hudson Police after a year-long investigation. According to Hudson Police Chief Andy Day, Mayfield was seen about 3 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2011, sleeping in the cab of a tractor-trailer with a Rusty Canipe, of Hickory. Mayfield told a Hudson police officer on routine patrol that he was returning from Tennessee and had stopped to rest. Later that night, the owner of the property, Dan Anderson, reported four trailers were missing. The property, located at 2698 Hickory Blvd., was home to the former Anderson Truck Lines. Police later discovered about 70 pieces of furniture were missing from the trailers.

A search warrant was issued after the the owner of Anderson Truck Lines’ wife told police on Nov. 1 a van in Gastonia was selling furniture belonging to Anderson. Authorities searched Mayfield’s home on Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba on Nov. 16, using a search warrant granted to the Hudson Police Department, and seized furniture valued at $15,000, including a Broyhill sofa and love seat, and other furniture. About 12 pieces were recovered, Day said.

Mayfield was indicted by a Caldwell County Grand Jury on four counts of felony larceny. He also was indicted in Catawba County on three counts of possession of stolen goods and one count of obstruction of justice.

A motion to suppress an earlier search warrant was also denied in Catawba County on April 3. No trial date has been set in either case.

“I’m getting tired of it,” Mayfield said. “We’ll see what happens next.”