Bisard Investigation Complete, FOP Head Says

FBI, Internal Affairs Reviewing Handling Of Case

Local and federal investigations into the fatal crash involving Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard are complete, the head of the police union said Thursday.

Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Bill Owensby told 6News' Jack Rinehart that both an internal affairs investigation and a probe by the FBI into the handling of the Aug. 6 crash have been finished.

Police said Bisard's blood-alcohol level registered more than twice the legal limit two hours after he struck two motorcycles stopped at a red light, killing Eric Wells, 30, and severely injuring Mary Mills, 47, and Kurt Weekly, 44.

Alcohol-related charges against Bisard were later dropped because police didn't follow proper procedures in procuring the test.

Owensby said the FBI told him that they've finished their report and that the findings have been forwarded to the U.S. Department of Justice.

He said that from what he has heard, he does not believe the report will recommend any discipline, criminal charges or federal charges in connection with the handling of the case.

"What I anticipate is what the FOP has stated all along, that there is no cover up. There never was a cover up," Owensby said. "There were no signs of impairment by Officer Bisard, either at the scene, at the clinic or anywhere else related to the accident."

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told Rinehart that he didn't know if a report was done or not, but said that he expected to have something in his hands by now.

"I learned a long time ago, the feds have their own timetable," he said. "We may get ours done before they get their report done. I thought they'd have it all done, frankly. That was our original indication, but apparently not."

A representative with the office of Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub said Straub was "reviewing documents related to that investigation," but said he would not comment because it is an ongoing investigation.

"As you are aware, the (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department) typically does not release investigative reports regarding professional stands investigations. However, because of the nature of the Bisard incident, the director will release a public report with findings in the middle of November," said spokeswoman Carolin Requiz.

It's unclear if the findings of the federal report will be made public.