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Prosecutor Reinstates DUI Charges Against Bisard

1/12/2011

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry (WIBC.com photo: Reed Parker)

All initial charges against suspended IMPD Officer David Bisard have been re-filed.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry re-filed the previously dismissed alcohol-related charges, which makes Bisard now face seven total charges.

Listen to a portion of the news conference:

The most serious charge is Class B Felony OWI with a BAC .15 or higher causing death. That charge alone carries up to 20 years in prison.

Bisard was involved in a crash last August when his squad car collided with a group of motorcyclists on East 56th Street, near I-465.

A blood draw after the crash showed Bisard's blood alcohol content at .19 and DUI charges were filed. Former prosecutor Carl Brizzi later said he was forced to drop the charges because of the way the blood draw was handled.

Eric Wells died of injuries suffered in the crash. Two others suffered serious injuries.

Curry feels the blood test taken after the August 6 crash will be allowed in court. He says a September Appeals Court decision backs up his case. But he has stated he feels a judge should rule on the admissibility of the blood test that was administered to Bisard to clear any gray area in the statute.

Bisard will have another initial court hearing, but a date has not yet been set..
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