In Policy Change, Alcohol Tests Likely For Indy Cops Who Crash


In a light of a fatal accident involving an officer, Indianapolis police likely will change a policy that had not required officers involved in crashes to take breath tests to determine whether they were under the influence of alcohol, reports the city’s Star. Fellow officers did not ask David Bisard to take field-sobriety or breath tests at the scene after the Aug. 6 crash. The only evidence of his intoxication was a blood draw that prosecutors later said was inadmissible in court because officers failed to follow proper procedures in obtaining the sample.

Bisard still faces charges of reckless homicide and criminal recklessness, but prosecutors dismissed all DUI charges last week. Attorneys representing the estate and family of Eric Wells, the motorcyclist who died in the crash, sent a letter to police officials requesting answers to 21 questions related to how IMPD handled the investigation. They also ask that police secure certain potential evidence.

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