Bisard tenders IMPD resignation ahead of sentencing

Bisard could face 29 years in prison

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Officials said David Bisard has resigned from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department following his conviction for driving drunk and causing death and serious injury.

Bisard’s decision to voluntarily submit his resignation means that the case will not go before the Police Merit Board, where he most likely would have faced termination at the request of the police chief.

Bisard will be sentenced in Allen County on Tuesday for the August 2010 crash. 

Officials said a pre-sentence investigation conducted by the Allen County Probation Department will weigh heavily in the sentence that Bisard will receive.

The investigation included assessments of Bisard's family background, his education, his attitudes and also possible substance abuse.

"And what's a very important feature of the actual pre-sentence investigation report process is that the victim has a statutorily required option, an opportunity to provide a statement in that report," Marion County Chief Probation Officer Christine Kerl said.

The jury found that Bisard was driving drunk with a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent when he crashed his police cruiser into a group of motorcyclists while speeding in excess of 70 miles an hour on a non-emergency call.

Eric Wells died in the accident and Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly suffered serious lifelong injuries.

Lead Prosecutor Denise Robinson will ask the judge that Bisard serve his sentences one after the other, instead of serving them concurrently.

"That is the thrust of the argument that I plan to make, that he deserves an aggravated sentence because of his position as a police officer," Robinson said.

Bisard's wife Lora will testify on her husband's behalf. A fellow IMPD officer and a forensic psychologist will also testify for Bisard.

Bisard's fate ultimately rests in the hands of Judge John Surbeck, who by law, cannot sentence him to less than six years or more than 29 years in prison.

As many as 35 people have written letters to Surbeck requesting leniency for Bisard.

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