David Bisard agrees to guilty plea in 2013 DUI
Former Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard has agreed to plead guilty to one count of drunk driving as a result of a crash that occurred in April 2013.
A plea hearing is set for February 5. Sentencing will be left to the judge, with a minimum penalty being a 90-day license suspension. But prosecutors intend to argue for the maximum one year in prison, to be added onto the 13 years Bisard was sentenced to in connection with a August 2010 fatal crash.
"I don't think that is appropriate. If he were to be treated as another defendant, he wouldn't be facing that kind of sentence," said Bisard's attorney, John Kautzman.
In the 2010 crash, motorcyclist Eric Wells was killed and two others, Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly, were critically injured. Blood tests showed Bisard's blood alcohol content to be .19 at the time of the 2010 crash, but Bisard denied being drunk and blamed the results on botched testing.
While awaiting trial for that crash and free on bond, the suspended IMPD officer was arrested a second time for drunk driving.
"There is overwhelming evidence in this case," said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson.
In April 2013, Bisard wrecked his stepfather's pick-up truck. Witnesses saw him swerving, then staggering. Investigators found a large bottle of vodka in the truck and Bisard's blood-alcohol content measured .22 percent - almost three times the legal limit.
Because of his previous conviction, prosecutors believe it justifies the maximum sentence.
"David Bisard has to be held accountable and actually accept responsibility for what he's done," Robinson said.
Bisard did not appear at Tuesday's court hearing.