NASCAR racer Anderson releases statement on arrest warrant

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NASCAR racer Anderson releases statement on arrest warrant


NASCAR racer Anderson releases statement on arrest warrant


In a statement posted on his website, Camping World Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson offered his side of the story involving the charges against him for possession of a stolen vehicle. Anderson says he was unaware the race truck in question was stolen and is cooperating with the investigation. He says the charges against him have been dropped.

Last week the Rowan County (N.C.) Sherriff’s office announced it had a warrant out for Anderson’s arrest. During an investigation that began in September concerning larceny of a race truck, it was found that Robert Newling had sold the truck to Anderson, even though it didn’t belong to him. Fellow NASCAR driver Mike Harmon was listed as the victim. Newling was arrested and charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.

According to investigators, Anderson — who they determined had reason to believe the truck was stolen — refused to turn over the vehicle. He was supposed to then turn himself in on Sept. 20, which did not happen.

In full, here is what Anderson posted on his website (with spelling and punctuation corrected):

“In respect to the news that was published last week, I wanted to thank you all for your understanding in light of the situation, and continued support of my character. We have been cooperating with the investigation through counsel since I was notified about there being a potential warrant for my arrest while we were racing in Las Vegas.

“My attorney has stayed in constant contact with the Rowan County District Attorney handling the case to reach a resolution, which has resulted in charges being dropped and a voluntary dismissal being filed earlier this morning without the need of a formal arrest. The race truck in question was delivered earlier this week to a location desired by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department. I continue to maintain my innocence in this matter, and the fact that I bought the race truck in good faith with a bill of sale, unbeknown of its history.

“This has been quite a humbling lesson in being a new team owner, and the importance of discerning who you do business with. I take great honor in representing to the best of my ability my fans, partners, and family; and am grateful for your grace, support, and prayers through this all.

“Nine months ago when we put into action the idea and dream of starting up our own team to compete, the main principle was, and is, to have faith, respect, and integrity serve as the pillar to every action and decision that is made with ownership. My life verse has been and will continue to be Proverbs 3: 5-6. I take great hope in knowing that God allows everything in life to happen for a reason, and will apply what God has taught me through this as motivation to keep my relationship with Him first in everything that we do.”