Judge suspends Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard's driver's license

Bisard to remain in jail until July 9

INDIANAPOLIS - Embattled Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard's driver's license was suspended during an initial court appearance Wednesday on drunken driving charges stemming from his arrest last weekend.

The Bisard hearing lasted no more than four minutes, with no fanfare or drama -- like any of the other hundreds of cases at the City-County Building on Wednesday morning.

Bisard wore an orange jumpsuit, with his hands shackled to his waist. He didn't look up or acknowledge questions shouted to him on his way into court.

Bisard faces charges of driving a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a blood-alcohol level of greater than 0.15 percent.

Prosecutors said an open bottle of vodka was found in Bisard's pickup truck in the Saturday crash and that his blood-alcohol level was 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.

Judge Linda Brown entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Bisard, and she told him that if he made bond in the weekend arrest, he would go into an alcohol monitoring program and would be tested several times a day.

Bisard's attorney, John Kautzman, said his client doesn't want out of jail.

"It needs to be known that David Bisard has not sought, nor has he ever sought release in his court case. As a matter of fact, we agree to him remaining in the Marion County Jail as a no-bond hold until this matter is resolved up in Fort Wayne," Kautzman said.

Mary Mills, one of two injured victims in the 2010 crash in which Bisard was on duty when he struck motorcyclists, killing one, said she was pleased with Wednesday's developments.

"This is the first time, in my opinion, that he's felt any negative impact from this, and I felt taking his driver's license is the right thing to do way back when," Mills said.

Bisard's current court case will have little if no impact on his August 2010 charges of driving drunk causing death and serious injury. But this most recent arrest could impact his ability to get bond, meaning he could remains bars until Oct. 15, the trial date for the 2010 case.

"We intend to present evidence to Judge Surbeck in Fort Wayne about this arrest and that Bisard presents a danger to the community, and we intend on asking that he go without bond," said Deputy Marion County Prosecutor Denise Robinson.

Bisard is set to appear in an Allen County court on May 9 for a bond revocation hearing related to the 2010 case.

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