Indianapolis—There were at least three members of IMPD's top brass and numerous officers at Bisard's fatal wreck that killed Eric Wells August 6th.
In Fox59 video clips, David Bisard is seen taking items from his car, and in another he is seen talking with seven other officers around him, six in close proximity. Several are Bisard's team members on the K-9 unit. Bisard is seen with his sunglasses on in the video clips captured by Fox59. The question is did any officers examine his eyes at the scene and, if so, who? Alcohol experts say looking at eyes is key to detecting if someone is drunk.
Assistant Chief Darrell Pierce is the #2 guy in IMPD top brass. Pierce was there walking around Bisard's car and talking with other officers. The question is did Pierce look, talk, or question Officer Bisard?
In another clip Officer Bisard is seen with the #3 guy at IMPD, Deputy Chief Ron Hicks. Police Chief Paul Ciesielski was not at the scene.
Sgt. Peters of North District was there. He was seen standing close to Bisard with the investigation continuing around them. Peters drove Bisard to the Southside clinic which turned out not to be certified properly to draw blood admissible in court proceedings. The blood has since been thrown out as evidence so to speak by Prosecutor Car Brizzi because of its' admissability. And, because of that Brizzi said the DUI charges against Bisard were dropped. All this, while the FACT, fatal accident crash team, was at the scene and should have known procedures to ensure correct protocol at a deadly crash.
In another clip, Lt. Larry Jahnke is seen walking around the scene. Jahnke is head of Internal Affairs. He was there as well as Kim Young, another member of Internal Affairs for IMPD.
Officer Minor is seen taking evidence pictures of Bisard's squad car that slammed into the motorcyclists parked at the stop light.
Lt. Stan Stephens with the FACT, fatal accident crash team, and member of Lawrence's K-9 Unit, went to that Southsidie clinic, Methodist Occupational Health facility where a police report says he witnessed Bisard getting his blood drawn. According to the probable cause report the med tech used a betadine prep to clean Bisard's inner right arm. She reportedly drew two tubes of blood. Lt. Stephens, according to the police report, took those vials to the IMPD property room and submitted them as evidence. That blood later came back with a BAC .19, more than twice the legal limit.
Bisard's fellow K-9 colleagues are seen in another group shot talking with Bisard. They include K-9 officer Mark Archer, K-9 Officer Dave Whitesell and Patrolman Dan Ryan. Christine King is another officer at the scene. Clips of her though do not show her near Bisard but working in other areas of the accident scene on the north side of 56th.
Sgt. Doug Heustis head of traffic investigations and reconstruction was at the scene. Heustis is cited in several reports and received word first according to the probable cause that Bisard's blood came back .19 BAC. Officers who initially responded and who remained at the scene investigating were Jason Cottey, Doug Heustis and Brad Millikan.
Major John Conley was also at the scene. Major Conley is seen talking with several different groups of officers at different times. A Fox59 clip also shows Conley at one point standing next to Bisard as Bisard was taking items out of his car and locking it up.
An attorney following the case agreed with a polygrapher Fox59 spoke to. The attorney said the FBI should offer polygraph tests to every officer at the scene to see if they pass with reported accounts they said Bisard showed no signs of intoxication. The polygrapher we spoke with said it's actually standard for a police department like IMPD conducting internal investigations to use polygraphs for internal investigations such as this. Though they are controversial and not admissible in court, experts say poly's are a tool to ferret out information that may conflict with testimony given by officers.
There's another interesting point. While police could have performed a portable breath test on Bisard at the scene, they did not. Nor did they apparently offer it to Bisard. Yet, Timothy Griffin who was in his Gold Ford Taurus was reportedly tracked down by police an hour or so after the crash and given a breath test. Griffin's car was struck by victim Eric Wells' motorcycle after Bisard hit and killed Wells. Police had let Griffin leave the scene after speaking with him. But then decided they needed to administer a breath test to see if he'd been drinking. That test came back negative.
Many of the officers at the scene were performing their jobs, doing what they were supposed to including measuring and taking pictures of Bisard's car and the entire area. But the question remains, what was top brass doing there at the scene, if they weren't checking or questioning their own Officer Bisard. And what went so wrong with procedures the alcohol team was supposed to be trained to follow.