Officer involved in fatal crash tested positive for alcohol


Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - The IMPD officer involved last week's fatal crash tested positive for alcohol, Eyewitness News has learned.

Investigators from Indianapolis Metro Police are working with the Marion County prosecutor's office on a possible probable cause affidavit concerning the officer who struck a group of motorcycles last Friday, killing one of them.

The family of Eric Wells, the motorcyclist who died, says a representative from the Marion County Prosecutor's Office called them to reveal that K9 Officer David Bisard would face charges.

Bisard, 36, was on an emergency run with lights and sirens activated when he struck two motorcycles at the intersection of East 56th Street and Brendon Way.

Officer Bisard was transported to the Methodist Occupational Health Facility from the accident scene.

Bisard submitted to a blood draw to test his blood alcohol content, a standard procedure for any officer involved in an accident. Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski confirmed to Eyewitness News that Bisard tested positive for alcohol.

"We are currently working with the prosecutor's office after learning the results of the blood draw for alcohol have tested positive on Officer David Bisard. The investigation in to the crash continues and we will be consulting with the prosecutor's office tomorrow to determine what charges may be filed," Chief Ciesielski wrote in a statement.

The Wells family says the prosecutor's office told them they wanted the victim's family to learn the results before media reported it on the evening news. They were reportedly told Bisard's Blood Alcohol Content measured .19, but that has not been confirmed by Chief Ciesielski.

Eric Wells, 30, was killed in the crash. Two others, Mary Mills, 47, and Kurt Weekly, 44, remain hospitalized after suffering critical injuries. They were among four Defense Finance and Accounting Service employees who had gone out for lunch on motorcycles when they were struck.

One of the riders told Channel 13 they could not move to the right at the intersection because of cars already in the right lane and that the left turn lane was open for Bisard to possibly pass as they waited at the red light.

Since the crash, Mills has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. Weekly remains in critical condition. A funeral for Wells was held Tuesday in Speedway. He will be buried in Florida.

Sources close to the investigation say accident investigators are working with personnel from the prosecutor's office on a possible probable cause in the case.

Meantime, Metro Police Chief Ciesielski reassigned Bisard to administrative duty during their investigation into the deadly crash.

Prosecutor statement

"The Marion County Prosecutor's Office is currently reviewing the facts pertaining to the accident involving IMPD Officer David Bisard. The office is considering information from the crime lab and other sources. Tomorrow, you can expect an updated statement from the prosecutor's office regarding the status of the case."

Five previous on-duty crashes

Bisard has been involved in five other on-duty accidents in the past eight years. All were considered minor and did not involve injuries.

In June 2002, Bisard struck a fence, and in December 2003, he slid into a fence. In January 2004, a suspect's car struck Bisard's squad car. In September 2005, he struck a concrete retaining wall, and in August 2007, a suspect's car hit Bisard's squad car.

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