INDIANAPOLIS – Prosecutors have filed formal charges against suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer David Bisard following a Saturday crash in which police say he was driving drunk. They’ve also filed a motion to revoke his bond, a move that would force him to remain in jail if approved.
Allen County Superior Judge John Surbeck said he received the motion to revoke bond and wants to arrange a hearing this week. Before the accident, Bisard was out on a $10,000 bond stemming from a fatal crash in 2010 that killed a motorcyclist. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry wants Bisard to stay in jail, saying Saturday’s arrest shows he’s a danger to society.
Curry tells Fox 59 that a blood draw showed Bisard had a blood alcohol level 0.22, nearly three times the state’s legal limit. An open bottle of vodka was found underneath a seat in the vehicle, Curry said, after Bisard wrecked a pickup truck on Indian Lake Boulevard Saturday. The truck crossed over the narrow street and smashed into a speed limit sign and a guard rail.
Charges against him include operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level above 0.15 grams or greater. Both are class A misdemeanors. Bisard is due in court Wednesday for an initial hearing. The prosecutor’s office wants to hold him without bond at the Marion County Jail.
Two neighbors heard the crash on Saturday and said Bisard appeared intoxicated. They said the officer told them his name and described him as pleasant. When Lawrence police arrived, Bisard said he’d been on a drinking binge. According to a police report, he told officers, “I’ve been drinking since noon, and I’m not gonna say I’ve had two like everyone else does.”
“I know you know who I am. I messed up today. If you guys can cut me a break, I promise I will never drink again,” the report quoted Bisard.
Bisard already faces charges in connection with a fatal crash in August 2010. Motorcyclist Eric Wells was killed, and his friends, Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills were injured when Bisard slammed into them with his police cruiser at a stop light.
In that case, investigators said Bisard had been drinking and driving, although blood evidence has been in dispute. Bisard’s trial has been moved from Marion County to Allen County over concerns about pretrial publicity. It’s scheduled to begin in October.