BEATRICE – Beatrice Police arrested two people Saturday on numerous charges, after observing a vehicle reach over 100 miles-per-hour on Market Street, at around 6:50 p.m.

An officer patrolling noticed a black Honda exiting a convenience store parking lot, driven by a person known to have a suspended license.

That’s when the car took off on Market Street at an excessive speed.  The police officer caught up to the vehicle when it was traveling at 80 miles-per-hour, in an area where children were playing in a yard and a bicyclist was on the roadway.

Police located the Honda in the fifteen hundred block of Market Street parked in the back of a home and saw the female driver walk into a house. Police arrested 25-year-old Payton Bishop for driving under suspension and willful reckless driving.

Police said a male passenger was believed to have fled the area on foot.  Two witnesses later identified him for police.

Police searched the vehicle, discovering a plastic bag containing what later tested as methamphetamine.  On the back floorboard, police located a drawstring bag containing two firearms.  One handgun was loaded with an extended magazine while the second handgun was not loaded.  They found a set of brass knuckles with spikes on the end.

Bishop is suspected of three counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and three counts of possession of a firearm during a felony and three counts of a concealed weapon violation…..along with drug possession and the driving violation charges.

Douglas May

The passenger of the vehicle, 35-year-old Douglas May, was arrested for three counts of weapon possession by a prohibited person, two counts of firearm possession during a felony and three counts of a concealed weapon violation.

Police said May was arrested after he arrived at Beatrice Police headquarters to check on the status of his vehicle.