Former police officer to spend 16 years in prison in death of biker
November 27, 2013
David Bisard, a former Indianapolis police officer, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, with three suspended, in the death of one motorcyclist and the injuring of two others in 2010.
Bisard hit them with his patrol car while driving drunk. He was found guilty on all charges by an Allen County, Ind., jury on Nov. 5 and was sentenced on Nov. 26.
He faced a minimum six years and maximum 20 years in prison on the most serious count, which was drunk driving causing death with a BAC .15%+. He was also found guilty of reckless homicide and other charges.
The case involved an Aug. 6, 2010 crash in Indianapolis in which Bisard rammed his patrol car into the back of two stopped motorcycles and narrowly missed a third, killing motorcyclist Eric Wells, 30, and critically injuring Kurt Weekly, 44, and his passenger, Mary Mills, 47.
Bisard, a canine officer, reportedly was responding to a request for help from other officers on a felony warrant when the 11:20 a.m. crash occurred. Officials said he had his emergency lights on and siren blaring at the time.
The motorcyclists were stopped in traffic at the intersection of 56th Street and Brendon Way South Drive when the crash occurred. Investigators believe Bisard was traveling at least 65 mph when he slammed on his brakes to try to avoid hitting the motorcyclists.