Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, seen here in 2009, was placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months after being convicted convicted on charges of possession of stolen goods and drug paraphernalia. (John Harrelson / Getty Images)
Newton, N.C. ó Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has been convicted on charges of possession of stolen goods and drug paraphernalia.
Mayfield was convicted Monday in Catawba County Court.
Heís been placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months. He also was ordered to pay more than $88,000 in restitution and $1,100 in fines and other costs.
Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR officials in 2009 after they said he twice tested positive for methamphetamine use. He denied illegal drug use, but the suspension was upheld after two appeals.
Mayfield was charged after a police raid at his house found stolen machinery and racing equipment.
A French state prosecutor said last weekend he wants to obtain an alleged mobile-phone video of a skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.
Schumacherís fall at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps eight days ago, in which he hit his head on a rock, has left the 45-year-old in a medically-induced coma for a severe brain trauma.
Questions have emerged about the circumstances of the accident, and Schumacherís manager, Sabine Kehm, announced Saturday that his family has given French authorities a camera affixed to his helmet to help elucidate the case.
Elliott gets Nationwide ride
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Elliott, son of 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, will race for the Nationwide Series title at JRM driving the No. 9 Chevrolet in a nod to his fatherís longtime number.