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Indianapolis officer faces more drunken-driving charges

IL Staff
April 30, 2013
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The suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer accused of killing one motorcyclist and injuring two others in an August 2010 crash has been arrested and charged with two misdemeanor drunken-driving offenses.

David Bisard is set to go on trial in October in Allen County on charges of reckless homicide and multiple operating while intoxicated charges. Bisard drove his police cruiser into three motorcyclists stopped at an Indianapolis intersection on Aug. 6, 2010. His case has received a lot of publicity in central Indiana, and the change of venue to Allen County was granted in February.

Bisard was arrested Saturday afternoon by police in Lawrence on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing his truck into a guardrail and utility pole. No other cars were involved. Police found an open bottle of vodka in his vehicle. According to the probable cause affidavit, Bisard admitted to drinking. A blood draw determined his blood alcohol level to be 0.22.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed two Class A misdemeanor charges Monday – operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 grams or greater.

Bisard was suspended without pay while awaiting trial. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to revoke bond in the 2010 case.

An initial hearing in this case has been set for 8:30 a.m. May 1 in Marion Superior Court.

 

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  • does the punishment fit the crime?
    You can drive a motor vehicle on public roads in Indiana endangering the public while 3 times the limit for public intoxication and be charged with a misdemeanor yet if you are in your own home possessing or smoking marijuana you can be charged with a felony.

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