Suspended IMPD Officer David Bisard charged with drunken driving after weekend crash

Open bottle of vodka found in truck, officials say

INDIANAPOLIS - Suspended Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard was charged Monday with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 grams or greater after a weekend crash.

A blood draw taken at Wishard Memorial Hospital in the aftermath of a crash Saturday indicated that Bisard's blood-alcohol content level was 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

Bisard crashed into a guardrail and utility pole near his home on Saturday afternoon. Prosecutors said an open bottle of vodka was found in his truck.

In 2010, Bisard was on duty when his police car plowed into a group of motorcyclists, killing Eric Wells, 30 and injuring two more people.

That case was moved to Allen County because of pre-trial publicity, and a trial date was set for October. Bisard had been out of jail on bond in that case.

Prosecutors are pushing to keep Bisard in jail, seeking to get his bond in the 2010 arrest revoked.

The request was faxed to the Allen County Prosecutor's Office and was expected to be taken to a judge Monday afternoon.

An initial hearing in the new case is set for May 1.

Ralph Staples, a former Marion County prosecutor who is not involved in the Bisard case, said he's not sure the latest arrest will impact the ongoing trial.

"Personally, for him, its a very big deal. In terms of the prosecution, it will have minimal impact on the older case, unless the state can find a way to get the into evidence before a jury up north," Staples said.

The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement Monday that Bisard would not receive legal assistance from the union in connection with the latest incident. The FOP Executive Board will also review what impact the crash may have on any previous obligations the FOP has with Bisard as a union member.

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