Jeremy Mayfield Ordered To Pay $1 Million After Dogs Attack Postal Carrier
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield has been ordered to pay $1 million to a postal carrier who was attacked at his country home by his five free-roaming dogs back in 2011.
Court documents indicate that on April 21, 2011, Mary E. Bolton drove onto Mayfield’s property in order to deliver a package that was too large for the mailbox. After driving passed “Beware of Dog” and “No Trespassing” signs, the carrier was attacked by five dogs. The dogs, which were pit bull/Labrador mixes, mauled the woman until Jeremy, who was home at the time of the incident, scared the dogs away and carried Bolton into his home where he dialed 911.
Emergency services transported Bolton to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Animal control authorities confiscated and euthanized Mayfield’s dogs after the ordeal.
As a result of the mauling, Mary was unable to work for several months and lost an estimated $14,000 in income. She also now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as nerve damage.
Mayfield has offered to reimburse the postal worker for her medical expenses, however, he did not show up in court or file or a formal answer to Bolton’s charge of negligence for allowing his dogs to roam freely on the property.
While former NASCAR driver Mayfield did express regret over the situation, he did note that he moved to the country specifically to allow his dogs to run free on his rural property, which is located nearly one-mile from the road. He was quoted having said:
“I’m far enough off the road to not get messed with. My dogs never left that property, yet I’ve got a $1 million judgment against me.”
Jeremy Mayfield has indicated that he hasn’t filed a response because he is unable to afford to hire an attorney for this incident, let alone his other criminal charges. In regards to the predicament that he finds himself in, he was quoted having said:
“If I had $1 million to give away, I wouldn’t be in this situation.”
Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR back in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. While he protested his innocence at the time, drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson conveyed their concern with sharing the track with an inebriated Mayfield.
What do you think of the Forsyth County, N.C., Superior Court judge’s ruling in which Jeremy Mayfield has been ordered to pay $1 million to the postal carrier who disregarded the “Beware of Dog” and “No Trespassing” signs on his property and was attacked by his free roaming dogs as she ventured onto the former NASCAR driver’s private property?
Source: Y! Sports News