INDIANAPOLIS - The family of suspended Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard is asking for privacy and fairness in the wake of his drunken driving arrest last weekend.
Bisard appeared in court Wednesday, where a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf on charges of driving a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a blood-alcohol level of greater than 0.15 percent.
In a statement released Wednesday night, Bisard's family expressed ongoing sympathy for the families of Eric Wells, who was killed when his motorcycle was struck by Bisard's squad car in 2010, along with Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly, who were seriously hurt in the crash.
Prosecutors contend Bisard was drunk in that case as well, but the family stressed that the two cases should not be connected.
"The criminal allegations stemming from the 2010 incident are separate and distinct from any other allegations. Guilt or innocence in one instance does not equate to guilt or innocence in another," the statement read.
The family also asked that the media respect their privacy.
"Accountability for his actions, legal or otherwise, rests solely with David -- not his wife, daughters or parents," the statement read.
Bisard is set to appear in Allen County, where the 2010 case was moved due to pre-trial publicity, on May 9 for a bond revocation hearing. The trial is set for October.
"While we continue to believe that the evidence proves the conduct in 2010 was not criminal, the fact remains that the lives of numerous people have been changed forever," the family's statement read. "We can only hope that a fair and thorough examination of the evidence through the court process will someday result in additional insight and perspective as the entire community attempts to move forward."