The Rowan County, NC Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for the arrest of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson for possession of a stolen vehicle. Police claim Anderson purchased the truck despite having reason to believe it was stolen earlier this month.
Update, Tuesday Oct. 2 5:00 p.m.: Anderson has released a statement claiming the charges have been dropped and the truck was handed over to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week. Here’s an excerpt of the statement:
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 Sheriffs 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.
The rest of the article continues as it was originally published below.
The police investigation began Sept. 7 and determined that the truck in question was sold by Robert Newling from his repair shop, where it seems the truck was meant to receive damage repair. An incident report claimed NASCAR driver Mike Harmon (who also once had a warrant out for his arrest concerning, get this, stolen race cars) is the actual owner of the truck, which is valued at $12,500, according to NBC Sports.
Newling has been arrested and charged with felony larceny, and police claim Anderson allegedly failed to surrender the stolen truck after it was expected he would turn himself in on Sept. 20. Anderson was made aware of the warrant and reached out to legal counsel.
Here’s NASCAR’s statement, via NBC Sports:
“We are aware of a law enforcement matter involving a NASCAR member, and continue to gather facts. We will remain in contact with the authorities as their process continues.”
Jalopnik reached out to Anderson and we’ll update if we hear anything. Meanwhile, his Twitter account continues to tweet, and the responses aren’t letting him get away with pushing himself for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver while having an active warrant out for his arrest.