ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 23-year-old man and a teenager were charged Monday night after police recovered more than six pounds of marijuana and firearms after a police chase through Antioch.
According to Metro police, a Chrysler 300 driven by Taylor Ewin III, 19, ran a red light at Haywood Lane and Ezell Road and when officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, it fled onto Interstate 24 East.
Officers on the ground did not pursue the vehicle, rather a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter pilot followed it to an apartment on Lonsway Court, according to a press release.
A second man, Aaron McCulland, 23, then reportedly got into the Chrysler 300 carrying a brown bag. Spike strips were deployed as Ewin drove off from Lonsway Court with McCulland as the THP helicopter continued to monitor Ewin’s direction of flight to officers on the ground, according to Metro police.
Ewin reportedly stopped several blocks later on Owendale Drive where McCulland got out and fled on foot, carrying bags. In one bag, police said they recovered over six pounds of marijuana and nearly 50 grams of psilocybin mushroom candy bars. In another bag, police said they found 62 grams of marijuana and three pistols.
Police said Ewin then drove to Bluewater Drive where he fled on foot and was also captured. Detectives said they found six Oxycodone pills and $3,897 on Ewing.
Inside the suspect vehicle, police said they found a Promethazine mixture, a total of nearly two pounds of marijuana, and various empty commercial bags.
Ewin is charged with four counts of felony drug possession with intent to sell and evading arrest. He was booked into the Metro jail on a $77,500 bond.
McCulland is charged with three counts of a felon in possession of a weapon, two counts of theft of a firearm, two counts of felony drug possession with intent to sell, and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was booked on a $95,000 bond. McCulland was on probation at the time of his arrest and is a convicted felon for evading arrest and theft of property convictions in Sumner County.
Metro police reported one of the guns was stolen from a Jones Avenue residence in the fall of 2020 when the owner’s car door had been pried open. The second stolen pistol was reportedly taken March 6 from a vehicle parked at the Best Western Hotel on Glastonbury Road.