FORT WAYNE, Ind.– Suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer David Bisard faces a judge in Ft. Wayne as the prosecutor argues his bond should be revoked from a 2010 crash.
Bisard has been in the Allen County Jail since Monday on the order of Superior Judge John Surbeck.
Surbeck has been assigned Bisard’s reckless homicide following a summer crash nearly three years ago, when a motorcyclist was killed and two others injured on East 56th Street on Indianapolis’ north side.
The Marion County prosecutor contends Bisard was drunk and on duty at the time of the crash as his patrol car plowed into the trio of motorcyclists, killing Eric Wells.
Bisard has remained free on a $10,000 bond in that case, but his recent arrest on two counts of drunk driving put the officer’s freedom in jeopardy.
Bisard was arrested April 27 after his vehicle ran off the road and struck a guardrail in the Geist area.
A blood alcohol test showed Bisard was nearly three times above the legal limit for alcohol, and a bottle of vodka was found in his truck. Since that time, Bisard has remained in custody as a $25,000 bond was set in the most recent case.
Prosecutors will tell Judge Surbeck that Bisard is a danger to society, has violated his 2010 bond and shown disrespect for the authority of the court.
Bisard’s attorney, John Kautzman, is expected to argue that his client has never been convicted and being jailed until his October trial will prove a hardship on his family and his defense.
Kautzman will likely ask for electronic home monitoring through Marion County Community Corrections and regular substance testing.
Defense attorney Jack Crawford, who is not affiliated with the case, told Fox59 News he perceives Judge Surbeck’s decision to move Bisard to the Allen County Jail well in advance of the hearing as a sign that the officer may be housed in Fort Wayne for several months.
Crawford said now that Surbeck is responsible for Bisard, he may want to keep him close by and also guarantee there is no possibility he could leave jail and drive drunk again.
Fox59 has obtained the judge’s order to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department to transport Bisard no later than Wednesday, May 8.
Sheriff’s deputies from Allen County arrived with little advance notice at the Marion County Jail Monday morning and took custody of Bisard without the knowledge of his attorney or the prosecutor.