A Newton County man was arrested last Wednesday evening after he attempted to evade a Philadelphia Police Department safety checkpoint and took officers for a ride before crashing the car he was driving and fleeing by foot into a wooded area near Highway 15.

Kevin T. Bishop, 37, 3120 Pleasant Grove, Little Rock, Mississippi, was arrested and charged with one count of felony fleeing, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance and several traffic offenses.




Bishop was driving a silver Nissan Altima when he approached a safety checkpoint manned by officers with the police department on Weyerhaeuser Road. According to the report, Bishop stopped before reaching the checkpoint and then backed up in an apparent attempt to avoid the checkpoint. Officers initiated lights and sirens and proceeded to try to stop Bishop. The pursuit traveled down Lakeside Drive before Bishop crashed the car at the end of the roadway. He then exited the vehicle and traveled on foot to the Highway 15 bypass. Officers followed Bishop into a wooded area off of the highway where he was apprehended.

According to Philadelphia Police Chief Grant Myers, the vehicle Bishop was driving contained several pills and a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. 

Bishop was being held in the Neshoba County jail on a $2,000 total bond.

In other cases:

• Police officers were dispatched to the emergency room at Neshoba General Regional Hospital and Nursing Home Saturday afternoon in response to a subject with head trauma and broken ribs. The victim said he was assaulted but could not identify the subject. He was eventually transported to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

• According to the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office, an aggravated report was taken last Wednesday in the vicinity of Road 737. According to the victim, the suspect ran the victim off the road and then circled back again driving towards the victim. The victim could not positively identify the suspect, only noting that he was a white male driving a white Chrysler 200.

• A burglary was reported Thursday at a home off of Road 339. According to the victim, someone broke into the home and stole their medication, which included a wide variety of pills for various ailments.

• A theft was reported Friday from a residence located off of Road 339. According to the victim, a toolset and hammer were stolen from the residence. According to sheriff’s office investigator Kevin Baysinger, the unknown suspects also attempted to steal a four-wheeler from the property but left the four-wheeler after the rope they were towing it with broke.

•  A theft of a shed was reported Saturday off of Road 301. According to the victim, a Stihl chainsaw and a Stihl weedeater were stolen.