Jury for Bisard trial hears accident reconstruction testimony


The trial of suspended Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard continues Thursday. Prosecutors will continue to reconstruct the deadly accident scene for the jury.

Bisard is accused of driving his patrol car while intoxicated, then hitting and killing a motorcyclist and injuring two others.

Testimony was delayed by about an hour over a legal debate over what to call the evidence the prosecution is using. The prosecution wants to use a copy of an accident report that is slightly different from the one used in pre-trial depositions.

The debate centered around what to call the different versions - one, two, three; preliminary and final; or, as the judge finally decided, evidence numbers 123, 124 and 125. Jurors will be given copies of the evidence.

The judge ordered copies to be made, then brought in a stack of papers and dropped them on a conference table, saying, "All right, guys, there's 25 copies of each." He let them check out the copies and the trial resumed an hour late.

Jurors are once again being taken back to the scene of the crash. IMPD accident reconstructionist Sgt. Doug Heustis testified why his calculations differ from those taken by the car's computer modules. Sgt. Heustis calculated Bisard's car was going 65-70 mph when it crashed, but the computer data said it was 76 mph.

Also, Sgt. Heustis said the long skid mark at the crash site indicates that the anti-lock brake system on one of the front wheels of Bisard's car failed.

Later Thursday, jurors were expected to see a computer-generated simulation of the crash. Prosecutors are trying to prove that not only was Bisard driving drunk but that he was also driving recklessly.

The prosecution began laying the groundwork to introduce controversial blood evidence. Problems with the way the blood was drawn and stored have been an issue in this case from the start. The prosecution will outline a chain of custody of that evidence that has been described as "convoluted."

Also, it's possible we could learn something about the emails sent by an IMPD major about testimony at the trial. Those emails prompted a reprimand from the judge and IMPD Major Greg Bieberich was ordered to stop.