An Elkins, West Virginia, man has been arrested after police found drugs, a sword, and a dead deer in the vehicle. And his name… Tyler Childers. No, it’s not the Tyler Childers we all know and love, but it might as well be a character in one of his songs.
According WBOY, Rebecca Chandlers and Tyler Childers were pulled over after their gold Chevy Blazer nearly hit another car making a turn. When police pulled them over, they noticed a large sword in the passenger’s seat and “rotting” smell coming from the back of the truck. The driver, Chandler, was noticeably “jittery.”
Chandler had a bit of weed on her but denied knowing anything about the dead deer, and Tyler Childers was found with drug paraphernalia and baggies of meth. Chandler was charged with misdemeanor possession and conspiracy, while Childers was charged with felony possession and conspiracy.
And of course, the irony this situation is that Tyler Childers sings about the kind of issues that this Tyler Childers appears to be facing… drugs, poverty, incarceration… the issues that continue to plague that Appalachia region. Tyler’s music is so damn authentic that guys with the same exact name as him are living out the stories that he tells… unfortunately.
“There’s a huge opioid epidemic,” said Childers in a previous interview with TheTennessean. “I’ve seen it firsthand with family and friends and people I grew up with. … How do we do something? How do you raise awareness? How do you help people get help who really want the help, you know, that maybe can’t afford to get it on their own?”