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Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A Metro Police officer appeared in court for the first time Thursday on felony charges.

K-9 Officer David Bisard's hearing lasted all of five minutes at the City County Building Thursday morning. He's scheduled to return for more hearings in the near future.

Bisard arrived at the City County Building surrounded by family and his attorney. Prosecutors charged the K-9 officer with seven felonies which include reckless homicide.

Investigators say he drove drunk, crashing into two motorcycles last Friday morning. It happened on East 56th Street as Bisard ran lights and sirens to a felony call. The impact killed 30-year-old Eric Wells and injured two others.

Bisard's blood alcohol content was .19, according to a blood draw taken after the crash.

In a news conference Wednesday, city officials said there was no indication at the crash scene that Bisard was intoxicated. The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team investigated the crash because a fatality was involved, but not because alcohol use was initially suspected, Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski said.

After the hearing a third rider, who did not get hit, said he felt Bisard should have done more after the crash.

"Why did he leave me there all alone to see all of this? He walked away. He was not there. That is the only thing I have to say," said George Burt, crash witness. "That is his duty [to stay and assist]. If he screwed up he should have stayed. I was the only one to be there."

"My client is not going to make any statement. We made statements yesterday that this is a process and we are going to follow that process and wait and see what the evidence is," said John Kautzmann, Bisard's attorney.

Bisard's attorney has mentioned challenging the blood alcohol content results.

"If the defendant wants to proceed with independent testing that is their right," said Denise Robinson, MCP Chief of Homicide, but added, "We see nothing to suggest that the crime lab results are inaccurate or that we tested anybody else's blood. "

Also, the Fraternal Order of Police is asking for a DNA test on the blood samples taken from Officer Bisard on Friday. They want to confirm the test was accurate and that his blood alcohol level was indeed .19.

If that's the case, FOP President Bill Owensby says the FOP, in accordance with its bylaws, will not offer Bisard any legal assistance which it normally offers to police officers.

In the meantime, Judge Grant Hawkins wants to know if Bisard will enter an alcohol rehab program. He will also automatically lose his driver's license.

Regarding the suspension of his driver's license, Robinson explained, "That would be common in this type of case, a significant DUI case. The judge, any judge is concerned about future alcohol use."

Bisard remains free on bond as friends and family of Eric Wells prepare to remember him one week after the deadly crash.

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