Fox 59 has learned that suspended IMPD officer David Bisard has been removed from Marion County by Allen County sheriff’s deputies and is being taken to Ft. Wayne for Thursday’s bond revocation hearing.
Bisard was escorted in handcuffs and an orange jail jumpsuit from the Marion County Jail Monday morning.
“I think Officer Bisard’s transport to the Allen County Jail is a bad sign for Bisard,” said Indianapolis defense attorney Jack Crawford. “I believe the judge by doing that simply makes it more convenient to keep him incarcerated until the time of his trial.”
Bisard faces a hearing this week before Judge John Surbeck in Allen Superior Court on whether he should be jailed indefinitely pending his reckless homicide case in October.
“Put yourself in the judge’s shoes. Should he let Bisard out on some other form of pretrial release, and this happens again, and someone is hurt the next time this happens, this is going to be on the judge’s shoulders and my guess is the judge does not want to risk that possibility and the only absolute way to keep someone from driving an automobile when they’re drunk is to lock him up,” Crawford said.
Bisard is accused in the drunk driving death of Eric Wells, a motorcyclist who was hit by Bisard’s patrol car on Aug. 6, 2010, on East 56th Street. The suspended IMPD officer had remained free on a $10,000 bond in that case.
On Saturday, April 27, Bisard was arrested for a second time after his pickup truck slammed into a guardrail in Lawrence. Prosecutors said his blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit. He’d been at the Marion County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
Surbeck will hear arguments from the Marion County Prosecutor that Bisard has proven to be a danger to the community and violated the terms of his 2010 bond.
Defense attorney John Kautzman is expected to argue that Bisard would be better served at home on court-ordered monitoring and regular substance abuse testing. He had no comment Monday regarding Bisard’s relocation to Allen County.
Surbeck could order Bisard held in Ft. Wayne, returned to the Marion County Jail or sent home on strict monitoring under the threat of a return to jail if he fails to comply with the court’s orders.