Trial date set for Bisard DUI; plea deal also offered

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A trial date has been set for former Indianapolis Metro Police Office David Bisard on a DUI charge, but prosecutors say a plea deal offer is also on the table.

Bisard, who was convicted in a separate, three-year-old drunk and reckless driving case last month, did not appear in court Tuesday. A pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 14th, 2014 with a trial date scheduled for March 25 in connection with his April 2013 arrest for drunk driving. Bisard was driving a family member's truck when he allegedly struck a guardrail and stop sign.

However, Bisard could opt to take a plea deal and avoid trial.

Last month, a jury in Fort Wayne convicted Bisard of driving drunk on duty and causing an August 2010 accident that killed a motorcycle rider, Eric Wells, and seriously injured two others, Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in the case.

Bisard's lawyer, John Kautzman, said court papers filed Monday show plea deal efforts are underway. Kautzman wrote that within 30 days, the "parties then anticipate requesting the court to set the matter for guilty plea hearing."

Bisard's lawyer and the prosecutor say there is no deal yet on the DUI charge that was filed last spring after Bisard crashed his truck. At the time, he was awaiting trial for the 2010 drunk driving case.

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