IMPD supervisor speaking out on Bisard investigation

Former Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce was demoted after an investigation into the way the Bisard crash was handled.

A Metro Police supervisor, demoted in the wake of the Officer David Bisard crash and DUI investigation, revisited the scene of the crash for the first time Friday.

Former Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce is speaking out in the wake of a state court of appeals ruling that now finds the blood draw for Bisard did meet state requirements. Pierce says it's proof that there was no police cover-up.

For the first time since the deadly crash that sent the Indianapolis Metro Police Department into a tailspin, former Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce revisited the scene with 13 Investigates.

It was there that Officer David Bisard slammed into a group of motorcyclists, killing Eric Wells. No one detected Bisard was allegedly more than two times the legal limit for alcohol.

"Bisard was in the driver's seat. So I bent into the window and talked with him for about five minutes," recalls Pierce. But the former assistant chief said he did not smell the odor of alcohol on Bisard.

"I was shocked," he said of the results of the blood tests.

The scene now stirs up memories for the highest level commander who responded the morning of August 6, 2010.

"Honestly, it does. You see the cross there with the flowers. I mean, it brings it all back to reality. Even though it's over two years, I can still remember the day," he said, walking along the side of the road where a roadside memorial sits in honor of Eric Wells

Pierce was demoted within days after Bisard's blood tests registered point .19. Pierce is now speaking out about the Appeals Court ruling that he says vindicates him and two other officers accused of botching the drunk driving investigation.

It was all based on a decision to send Bisard to an occupational health facility instead of Methodist hospital for a blood draw.

"That was something that was done to keep tempers from flaring being in the same place where the victims' family was. So there was no cover-up," he insisted.

Pierce, who will retire in January after 32 years on the force, says he understands the community outrage. But he says it's based on misinformation.

He recounts repeated phone calls to the chief that day to relay pertinent information.

"The information that I relayed which was: 'This did not look good. That one of the people died, and how fast that I thought that he was going and I didn't think it was an emergency-type run.' I don't know how much information I could give to him that would relay to him that it was critical," Pierce said of his conversations with former Police Chief Paul Ciesielski.

It's part of the reason Pierce is pushing the city to release four different investigative reports on the Bisard case: two by IMPD's internal affairs, one an IMPD criminal investigation, and the fourth a corruption investigation by the FBI.

"I would love to sit down when all of this is said and done, sit down with the Wells family and the other two families just to talk about what happened, so that they can hear it straight from us," said Pierce as he departed.

City legal is withholding comment on the investigative reports, citing the pending slander lawsuits filed by Pierce, Commander Ron Hicks and Lt. John Conley.

The only executive commander to survive the fallout from the Bisard case is Mayor Greg Ballard. Public Safety Director Straub resigned, Chief Cielsielski stepped down, and Internal Affairs Deputy Chief Val Cunningham was reassigned.