INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis police officer who plowed into two motorcycles,killing one and injuring two others Friday had a blood alcoholcontent level of .19 percent at the time of the crash.
Officer David Bisard had his lights and siren on while on hisway to help fellow officers serve a warrant. Cars were pulling overin the intersection, but witnesses said the motorcycles had nowhere to go.
Police say Bisard followed standard protocol after the crash andhe submitted to a blood test. That test showed his blood alcoholcontent was twice the legal limit.
“We are currently working with the prosecutor’soffice after learning the results of the blood draw for alcoholhave tested positive on Officer David Bisard," Indianapolis Chiefof Police Paul Ciesielski said Tuesday. "The investigation in tothe crash continues and we will be consulting with theprosecutor’s office tomorrow to determine what charges may befiled. Once those decisions are made, we will be able to providemore details about the investigation.”
Meanwhile, Bisard is on desk duty and his K-9 partner is workingwith a different officer.
Officer's driving record in question
Friday’s crash wasn’t Officer DavidBisard’s first in his patrol car.
The first was back in 2002 when during a chase he crashedinto a fence. He crashed into another fence after hitting a snowbank during another chase in 2003.
In 2004 he hit a suspect’s car door. During a chase in2005 Bisard hit a concrete retaining wall. A suspect backed intoBisard’s patrol car in 2007.
Friday’s crash was Bisard’s sixth.
24-Hour News 8 also learned that Officer David Bisard hasreceived various honors and commendations from the department,including the medal of valor just last month. But in May hissupervisor disciplined him for insubordination: one day unpaidsuspension. Crash investigators are awaiting the results ofBisard’s blood test to complete their investigation.
Mary Mills is now in fair condition at Methodist Hospital. KurtWeekly is still in critical condition.
Victim laid to rest
An Indianapolis man was laid to rest Tuesday and two others arerecovering at Methodist hospital following the crash.
24-Hour News 8 tracked down a witness to the crash who says thevictims had absolutely no time to move.
“It was too fast. Everything happened so fast, I meanI’m talking within four to five seconds of hearing sirens youknow we were involved in that accident.” said Tim Griffith, awitness to the crash.
Griffith had damage to his car as a result of the crash but itwas nothing compared to the mangled motorcycles on 56th Street,Friday. 30 year old Eric Wells died in the crash. His two friends,44 year old Kurt Weekly and 47 year old Mary Mills stillhospitalized with their injuries. All were on motorcycles stoppedright behind Griffith at 56th Street and Brendon Way Drive.
Griffith says he heard the siren and looked in his rear-viewmirror. He says he immediately saw Officer David Bisard who wasresponding to a call.
"We were just sitting at a light and not even the vehicles infront of us had been able to move but we hadn’t been able tomove right when that light turned green. So, there was no wayanyone could have avoided that.” said Griffith.
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