INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indianapolis police officer David Bisard pleaded guilty Wednesday in a case stemming from his second DUI arrest, but he won't serve any additional time behind bars.
Bisard was arrested on April 27, 2013, after crashing his truck into a guardrail in Lawrence. Police found an open bottle of vodka in his truck.
Bisard reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent the day of the crash.
"He was a person that wasn't handling well the stresses that occurred from the 2010 arrest and he became a serious candidate with alcohol problems and needed treatment," Bisard’s attorney John Kautzman said.
Prosecutors went after the maximum sentence -- a year of jail time after his release from prison.
"He was not only out on bond for operating while intoxicated causing death offense...and the fact that he continued to drink and tested higher, so we felt those were significant facts the courts should consider," Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson said.
Bisard told the judge that he accepted full responsibility for the DUI arrest and would accept any punishment. He said his family desperately needs him and another year in jail won’t help the community.
The judge sentenced Bisard to a year in jail for the offense after he pleaded guilty, but the sentence was suspended.
"I think that the judge played it down the middle in terms of treating this as she would for whoever the defendant was based on the facts of this case and I applaud her for that decision," Kautzman said.
Bisard was found guilty last year in a trial, which determined he was drunk when he crashed his patrol car into a group of motorcyclists in 2010, killing Eric Wells and gravely injuring Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the crash.
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