Letter questions alcohol purchase by IMPD officer


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Indianapolis - The brother of a man injured when his motorcycle was struck by an IMPD cruiser is sharing his family's ordeal.

Crash victim Kurt Weekly's brother, Rich, says his family is thankful for the support and prayers for his little brother. But his stance on Officer Bisard is one that may be difficult for some to understand.

"We trust in the Lord, he sustains all things," Rich Weekly said. "I'm a mess and the Lord forgave me and died on the cross for me."

He says he forgives Bisard, while his family counts on the small blessings every day.

"We're getting excited about simple things, like eye blinks and hand squeezes, and it puts life into perspective," Weekly said.

Weekly says every day at his brother's hospital bedside brings more hope.

"We go in and talk to him," he said. "Looking back over the last two weeks, compared to the state he was in this time two weeks ago, we're really optimistic."

Until now, the Weekly family has remained quiet, instead, talking through attorney Bruce Kehoe.

"There are just so many twists and turns in this case which become more and more troubling," Kehoe said Friday.

The latest came Friday afternoon, when Kehoe hand-delivered a letter to Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. Kehoe said the contents of the letter could shed more light on questions surrounding whether Officer David Bisard was drunk at the time of the crash.

"There was information that came our way from a customer at CVS, who sees the officer's picture on TV and says, 'Oh my goodness, I think that person was in front of me, with his uniform on and gun on his waist and TASER on his belt, carrying almost a two liter of cheap vodka'," Kehoe said.

Kehoe has asked the prosecutor's office to subpoena surveillance tapes from two CVS pharmacies - one at 56th and Emerson, the other at 71st and Binford - along with credit card receipts that could prove such a sale took place.

"If I didn't think it was credible and should absolutely be followed up on, I wouldn't have gone to the length of getting it immediately to the prosecutor's office," Kehoe said.

All of it, says Rich Weekly, is for the legal system to work out. For his family, it's the least of their concerns.

"The main thing now is for Kurt to get better everyday," he said.

The prosecutor's office issued a one sentence statement Friday evening, saying they received the letter and will follow up.

See the complete letter

IMPD Policy: Use of City-Owned Vehicle After Consuming Intoxicants

A. Department personnel, both on and off duty, are prohibited from operating any city-owned vehicle if they have taken any restrictive prescription medication or chemical intoxicant.

B. Department personnel are strictly prohibited from operating any city-owned vehicle with any traceable amount of alcohol while both on and off duty.

C. Department personnel are prohibited from purchasing alcoholic beverages while on-duty. Officers are also prohibited from purchasing alcoholic beverages while in uniform.

1. Officers may purchase and transport alcoholic beverages in city-owned vehicles while off-duty, provided the beverages remain unopened and are transported in the trunk of the vehicle.

D. Department personnel must submit to a breath test, while operating a city-owned vehicle, if directed to do so by any Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department supervisor.

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