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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ind. Courts - "David Bisard, awaiting trial in 2010 fatal alcohol-related crash, is arrested on a new DUI charge"

The most recent ILB entry on David Bisard is from March 8 and is headed "Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard's trial set for October." It quotes a story by Jack Rinehart of WRTV6 that begins:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The trial of Indianapolis police Officer David Bisard, who's accused of causing a fatal 2010 crash while driving drunk, is set for October.

Allen Superior Judge John F. Surbeck Jr. will hear the case after concerns about pre-trial publicity in Marion County, where Bisard was on duty when he struck a group of motorcyclists in 2010, killing 30-year-old Eric Wells and seriously injuring two others, police said.

Today's long story, by Robert King and John Tuohy, begins:
David M. Bisard, the suspended Indianapolis police officer already facing charges from a 2010 alcohol-related crash that killed a motorcyclist, was arrested again Saturday on a DUI-related charge.

Bisard, 39, was arrested in Lawrence after police there responded to a report of a truck running into a guardrail in the 10000 block of Indian Lake Boulevard South, said Captain of Administration Curtis Bigsbee.

Officers asked Bisard to take a portable Breathalyzer test. It showed Bisard had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, a law enforcement source said. That’s more than twice the level at which Indiana drivers are considered impaired.

Bisard was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The crash took place around 2:30 p.m., according to Bill Owensby, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Bisard told Lawrence police he'd been drinking since noon, then begged them to let him go and promised never to drink again after they came to the scene of the crash at 2:15 p.m., according to a Lawrence Police Department report.

"I know you know who I am. I messed up today. If you guys cut me a break, I promise I will never drink again," Bisard told Lawrence Officer Dan Rhoton, according to his report.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 28, 2013 12:57 PM
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