On Thursday, August 17, at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Marshall County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle in the area of State Road 331 and 2B Road in Bremen.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 30-year-old Kiara Nicole Hailey of Mentone. Kiara was found to be operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator.

During the traffic stop, the passenger of the vehicle professed to be another person while providing a false name. The passenger was eventually identified as 31-year-old Heather Ross of Mishawaka.

Kiara Hailey and Heather Ross were transported to the Marshall County Jail where Kiara was booked for Operating a Vehicle as a Habitual Traffic Violator as a Level 6 Felony.

Heather was booked into the county jail for Identity Deception as a Level 6 Felony and False Informing as a Class A Misdemeanor. 

Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.