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Ayla Granning
David Darnell
John Bates

Yesterday, January 29, 2019, the Indiana State Police conducted two traffic stops on I-65 in Jackson County that led to the arrests of three people on various charges.

The first investigation began at approximately 9:30 am on I-65 Southbound near the 40 mile marker when Trp. Randel Miller stopped a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation.  During the course of the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, John J. Bates, age 38, Seymour, Indiana gave Trp. Miller false information about his identity.  After his true identity was realized, Bates was found to be wanted on Jennings County, Indiana warrants for Battery and Criminal Mischief. 

Bates was arrested on the warrants from Jennings County.  He was also arrested on charges of Identity Theft, False Informing, and Driving While Suspended/Prior.  Bates was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was remanded to the custody of the jail staff. 

The second investigation began at approximately 5:45 pm when Trp. Miller stopped a 1999 Mazda passenger car on I-65 Northbound near the 48 mile marker for a traffic violation.  During the course of the traffic stop, Trp. Miller believed the driver of the vehicle was providing false information about his identity.  Trp. Miller eventually identified the driver as David K. Darnell, age 25, of Elkhart, Indiana.  Darnell was found to be wanted on a warrant for Robbery out of Elkhart County, Indiana.

Darnell was arrested on the warrant.  He was also arrested on charges of Identity Theft, False Informing, and Driving While Suspended/Prior.  Darnell was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was remanded to the custody of the jail staff.

A passenger in Darnell’s vehicle, Ayla K. Granning, age 28, Elkhart, Indiana was also found to be wanted on a warrant for Robbery out of Elkhart County, Indiana.  She was also arrested and then incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.

Darnell was incarcerated pending an initial court appearance in Jackson County and extradition back to Elkhart County.  Granning was incarcerated pending extradition back to Elkhart County.