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Hearing held Friday in Bisard case

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Prosecutors want an Indianapolis Metro Police officer accused in a deadly drunk driving case to give up DNA, but the judge is giving his attorneys more time on the matter.

Officer David Bisard attended a case status hearing Friday at the City-County Building. He's the officer accused in the August 2010 crash where a police cruiser slammed into a group of motorcyclists on East 56th Street.

Prosecutors want a second vial of blood from Bisard tested. They also want a DNA test from Bisard, whose attorneys have argued that the blood test showing that Bisard had a blood alcohol content of .19 after the crash was mishandled.

Officer Bisard is accused of driving drunk in his squad car in August 2010 and crashing into a group of motorcyclists who were stopped at a red light. Eric Wells died and two others, Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills, were critically injured.

In Friday's status hearing, the judge heard the prosecutors' requests and set a date for another hearing on March 6th to give the defense time to respond.

Timeline

The case of David Bisard has made headlines for the last 18 months in Indianapolis.

It started on August 6th, 2010, when Officer Bisard crashed his police cruiser into a group of bikers on 56th Street.

Two hours later, a blood sample was taken from the officer which showed a blood-alcohol level of .19, which is more than twice the legal limit.

On August 19, 2010, all drunken driving charges were thrown out because the blood sample was drawn by an uncertified lab technician.

On January 12, 2011, a new prosecutor, Terry Curry, refiled the dropped DUI charges after promising to do so during his campaign for office.

On May 31st, 2011, the judge partially threw out the DUI charges again.

On October 4th, 2011, the two injured riders, Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills, filed a lawsuit against the city, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department and Officer Bisard for severe and permanent physical injuries.

On October 27th, 2011, a Marion Count judge ruled that critical evidence like Bisard's blood-alcohol level during the crash CAN be used in court as prosecutors pursue reckless homicide and criminal recklessness charges.

Then this week, prosecutors said they wanted to test a second vial of blood drawn from Officer Bisard.

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