Bisard trial continues Friday with testimony from IMPD officers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The trial of Indianapolis Police Officer David Bisard continued Friday with testimony from police officers who first arrived at the crash scene.

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UPDATE 1 p.m.: Daryl Pierce, the third commander who was demoted, said at the crash scene, Bisard told him he'd looked down at his computer, and when he looked back up he saw a pack of motorcycles in front of him.

Pierce -- who was assistant chief of IMPD at the time of the crash -- said he saw no indication that Bisard was intoxicated. Pierce said when he was talking to Bisard about the crash, Bisard said, "I can't believe this happened."

More than one witness noted that Bisard's eyes looked bloodshot at the scene, but they'd attributed it to his airbag deploying during the crash. 

Bisard's fellow IMPD K9 Officer Dan Ryan testified that Bisard told him he'd consumed several drinks of vodka the night before the crash, and he was concerned that it would show up in his blood test.

Ryan also said Bisard showed no signs of impairment at the scene of the crash.

UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: Two IMPD leaders who were demoted following the crash were called to the stand Friday.

Assistant Chief of IMPD Ron Hicks -- who was deputy chief of operations at the time of the crash -- testified first, saying he had a brief conversation with Bisard at the scene of the crash, and he did not notice any signs of impairment or anything peculiar about Bisard's behavior. 

Southeast District Commander John Conley took the stand next. Conley said he spoke with Bisard at the crash scene and also did not think Bisard seemed impaired. 

"If I had seen any signs of alcohol, I would have acted," Conley said.

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Bisard is accused of DUI and crashing into a group of motorcyclists in August 2010. Eric Wells died in the crash, and two others, Mary Wells and Kurt Weekly, were seriously injured.

Investigators said blood tests expected to be introduced as evidence show Bisard had a blood-alcohol level more than twice Indiana's legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of the crash.

According to the IMPD and FBI reports released following the crash, 67 witnesses said they did not detect alcohol on Bisard or see any other signs that he was impaired at the time of the crash.

Prosecutor Denise Robinson said the state has witnesses who will testify otherwise, Jack Rinehart reported.

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