Police arrest two after high-speed pursuit; loaded gun thrown out window

Police arrest Kilan Scott (L) and Tay Tabron (R) after high-speed chase
Police arrest Kilan Scott (L) and Tay Tabron (R) after high-speed chase(wsaz)
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 10:25 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - West Virginia State Police arrested two men Tuesday after a high-speed pursuit started in Putnam County and ended on Eighth Avenue in Huntington.

State police say a white Nissan Altima with a Georgia license plate was traveling over the speed limit on Interstate 64 in Putnam County. The incident was reported around 9:30 a.m.

The driver, Kilan Scott Nicks of Charleston, did not stop, and began driving more than 120 mph, weaving in and out of traffic.

Police say a passenger, Tay Fey Dijon Tabron of Charlotte, North Carolina, was throwing items out of a window onto I-64.

Nicks got off the highway onto Hal Greer Boulevard and turned up Eighth Avenue. Police say he almost caused several crashes and drove at high speeds, and the wrong way on one-way roads.

A 9mm hand gun was thrown from the car on Eighth Avenue in front of Clark’s Auto Care.

“I just happened to look out the window and see something bouncing down the road. They had tossed a gun,” said Chris Brown, owner of Clark’s Auto Care.

After the car sped by, Brown said he saw the gun skipping down the side of the road. He immediately ran outside to pick it up, all as police cruisers continued to chase the car.

“I just knew I needed to get it off the street before some kid or someone got ahold of it. It’s a loaded gun, like I said the mag was out, but it still had one in the chamber. It was hot, so ready to rock-and-roll,” Brown said.

Once Brown picked up the gun, he called 911, telling dispatchers he found the gun thrown out a window during a pursuit.

“I said, ‘well they just threw a gun out right in front of my garage, and I’ve got it in my possession,’ ” Brown said..

He said the street was very busy, and a person was walking near where the gun was thrown.

“The gun could have gone off. It’s hard to tell where the bullet would have went. It could have hit someone, killed a kid, killed a person. I mean, you just never know,” Brown said.

The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Huntington Police Department, assisted state police.

The car was slowed down with spike strips deployed by Huntington Police.

The car stopped along a railyard where Nicks and Tabron ran from the car and were caught hiding in a CSX train engine compartment.

Police found 630 grams of marijuana in multiple packages.

Police find 630 grams of marijuana in car after high speed chase
Police find 630 grams of marijuana in car after high speed chase(wsaz)

Tabron was charged with two felonies, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

Nicks was charged with four felonies, possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to commit a felony, fleeing with reckless indifference, and felon with possession of firearm.

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