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FOP spent $250,000 defending David Bisard

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FORT WAYNE -

A motion hearing for suspended Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard revealed that the Fraternal Order of Police spent $250,000 defending him.

Bisard was back in court Monday.

Bisard is accused of driving drunk and crashing his patrol car into a group of motorcyclists in August 2010. Eric Wells died in the crash, and Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills were critically injured.

Bisard's trial has been moved to Allen County because of the publicity the case has gained.

The judge is holding a hearing on several motions in the case Monday.

One key question - whether the blood draw will be allowed as evidence - was tabled for a later date. The other issue is whether or not Bisard's more recent arrest for drunk driving will be allowed as evidence in the October trial. As of noon, that had yet to be taken up.

The state's line of questioning focused on the contrast between different law enforcement agencies conducting the same procedures. In the case of IMPD, the F.A.C.T. officer stopped at a convenience store before taking Bisard for his blood draw in August 2010. A representative for Indiana State Police was asked if ISP would do that, and the answer was no.

An IMPD blood draw expert said he'd had no knowledge of Bisard's blood draw. When asked if a subject would be allowed to buy chewing tobacco on the way to a blood draw, he said, "No."

April 2013 arrest

Bisard will remain in police custody until his October trial. He was arrested on a drunk-driving related charge in April 2013. Officers found a bottle of vodka in Bisard's truck after he ran over a guard rail and knocked over a stop sign in Lawrence.

According to officers, in the April 2013 incident, Bisard blew a .17 on a portable breathalyzer and later at Wishard Hospital, a blood draw had him at a .22 blood alcohol level. A caller to 911 says the truck "was swerving really bad." A homeowner who heard the wreck told a dispatcher "me and my neighbor think he's drunk."

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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