Bisard DUI arrest rekindles memories of deadly 2010 crash
The arrest of suspended IMPD Officer David Bisard for drunk driving over the weekend is sparking some unpleasant memories for the witnesses of Bisard's 2010 crash.
In that August 2010 crash, biker Eric Wells was killed. Two others, Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills, both received critical injuries.
There were other bikers in that group who will never forget what happened. 13 Investigates talked with one of them about the new charges facing the Indianapolis police officer.
The image of George Burt on the ground, distraught and in physical pain after Officer David Bisard crashed into him and his friends, is hard to forget.
Now almost three years later, Burt is pondering another path of destruction.
"Thank God somebody else didn't have to go through it. Demolished a sign and a guardrail, that's it. It's property, not persons' lives, but it makes you relive it again anyway," he said, referring to the fresh crash scene.
He's talking about Bisard's crash over the weekend in Lawrence. Blood alcohol tests show he was almost three times the legal limit. Now investigators reveal they have not only found a bottle of vodka in the truck, but that Bisard himself admitted he had been drinking. The arresting officers also noted an odor of alcohol on his breath.
Sources who were at the scene in 2010 say they didn't smell any alcohol on David Bisard, nor was there any indication that he may have been impaired. That is one of the biggest differences between the cases in 2010 and what happened over the weekend.
"Now he did it to himself. He fell on his own sword. His habit caught up to him," added Burt.
That's still not enough for Burt, who buried one friend, Eric Wells, and witnessed two others, Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills, fight to reclaim the lives they once had.
He says it's time Bisard's family and friends speak truthfully about what's really going on.
"What really gets me too, the enablers, the people that know he has a problem. Nobody's said 'Hey, you can't come by us. You can't drink and come here, whether it's a family member or a fellow officer that knew he had a problem. They're as much a problem as he is," Burt said without apology.
The City of Indianapolis has already paid settlements of $3.9 million for the crash three years ago.
The FOP hasn't said how much it's spent to represent Bisard. No matter the amount, Burt believes it's too much.
"The FOP needs to cut their losses [and say] 'We gave him a chance, it's our money that's supporting him, no way,'" said Burt.
Burt believes this second incident is a wake up call for everyone including Bisard.
"He didn't have a badge to hide behind on this one. So justice I think will be served on this one," he said.
We caught up with Bisard's attorney John Kautzman as he was walking from a meeting downtown Monday. He still had no comment about his client's arrest over the weekend.