Bisard gets 13 years in prison in fatal crash

Associated Press
November 26, 2013
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A former Indianapolis police officer convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and seriously injured two others was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday.

Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck sentenced David Bisard to a total of 16 years in prison, but suspended the last three years.

Bisard resigned Monday from the police department. He was convicted last month on nine counts, the most serious of which was driving with a blood-alcohol content above 0.15 percent while in a fatal accident.

Bisard expressed remorse at the sentencing but continued to say he wasn't drinking prior to the Aug. 6, 2010 incident.

The trial was moved to Fort Wayne because of publicity surrounding the case.



  • tidbit
    Setting aside the whole Bisard scenario, if you were arrested and convicted, no matter the charges, do you feel that you should lose your pension? You also indicated that he should have been fired even before his conviction...would you like to be held to that same standard?
  • wow
    Amazing he got anything....13 is better than nothing I guess
  • Re
    First, he won't "serve 13 years in prison." He will serve 6 and 1/2 with time off for good behavior. Second, Bisard's resignation 1 day before sentencing seems to have been designed to enable him to keep his pension and his benefits. His firing should have been imposed immediately upon his felony conviction. The "police merit law" that allowed him to retain his status as suspended without pay pending the outcome of his 2013 arrest is an abomination.

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