INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): A state appeals court panel upheld the convictions of former Indianapolis police officer David Bisard.
The unanimous ruling from the three-judge panel from the Indiana Court of Appeals says a jury in Allen County correctly convicted Bisard of drunk driving, reckless homicide and criminal recklessness for driving his police car into a group of motorcyclists in August 2010. One of the bikers, Eric Wells, 30, was killed while two others suffered severe injuries.
Bisard had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, more than twice the legal limit. Bisard‘s trial was held in October and November 2013 after numerous delays caused by problems with the investigation, including the mishandling of evidence by some of Bisard‘s fellow police officers.
He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, with three of the years suspended. Bisard‘s attorney argued that the judge in his case should have declared a mistrial due to misconduct by one of the jurors. Bisard also said he was not allowed to provide a defense to claims by prosecutors that he was a “tolerant drinker”, meaning others would have a hard time knowing whether or not Bisard had been drinking at the time of the accident.
Bisard also unsuccessfully fought the state‘s claim that he had breached the public trust because he was drinking while on duty as a police officer. Bisard‘s attorney has not said whether he will appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.