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IMPD officer Bisard trial begins in Fort Wayne

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Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer accused of driving while intoxicated, leading to an accident that killed one motorcyclist and injured two others in 2010. David Bisard’s trial was moved to Allen County due to pre-trial publicity.

In August 2010, Bisard’s squad car crashed into motorcyclists stopped at an intersection in Indianapolis. Eric Wells was killed in the crash; Mary Mills and Kurt Weekly were severely injured. A blood draw taken the day of the crash came back with a 0.19 percent BAC, although responding officers at the scene did not note any signs of impairment regarding Bisard.

He faces nine counts: Class B felony causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of 0.15 or more; Class C felonies causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless homicide; and two counts each of Class D felonies causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE of 0.08; and criminal recklessness/inflicts serious bodily injury on another.

The trial before Judge John F. Surbeck Jr. in Allen Superior Court 6 is expected to last four weeks.

 

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