Sources: Other Officer Caught Technician's Mistakes
7:09 AM, Aug 24, 2010
A controversial blood draw from an Indianapolis police officer accused of causing a crash that left one motorcyclist dead and two others injured had more problems than investigators first admitted, 6News has learned.Last week, all alcohol-related charges were dropped against Officer David Bisard in the Aug. 6 crash after it was revealed that a blood draw that indicated he was intoxicated was inadmissible because proper procedures weren't followed in obtaining the evidence.
On Monday, sources close to the investigation told 6News' Jack Rinehart other issues that could have further compromised the blood draw.The technician at the occupational clinic where the blood draw was taken first mistakenly cleaned Bisard's arm with rubbing alcohol, instead of an antiseptic, and then attempted to collect samples using two vials with expired freshness dates, sources told Rinehart.Lawrence Police Lt. Stan Stephens, a member of the multi-jurisdictional Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, was with Bisard at the time of the blood draw, and corrected the technician on both counts, sources said.But Stephens, who was supposed to deliver the blood samples to the Indianapolis police property room, first had lunch and then visited a friend at the nearby Arrestee Processing Center, delaying the delivery by more than an hour, sources said.Lawrence police would not comment on the accusations against Stephens."This is an ongoing criminal prosecution, and I don't think that I can say anything in this regard," Lawrence Police Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff told Rinehart on Monday.A member of the Marion County Crime Lab said it's highly unlikely the delay in getting the evidence to the lab and its potential exposure to adverse heat and weather conditions affected the quality of the result, which showed Bisard had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent.Over the weekend, three high-ranking members of Indianapolis police -- Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce, Deputy Chief of Operations Ron Hicks and Cmdr. John Conley -- were demoted in connection with the botched Bisard investigation, while Lt. George Crooks, the former head of the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, was reassigned last week.Police and the FBI have begun a review of the original investigation.Bisard, a nine-year veteran of the department, was suspended from the force pending termination. He still faces charges of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness.He was on duty when he plowed into a group of motorcyclists stopped at a red light, killing Eric Wells, 30, and injuring Kurt Weekly, 44, and Mary Mills, 47.