Crash Involving Drunk Cop Kills Motorcyclist

AMA Legal News

An Indianapolis police officer who crashed into two motorcycles, killing one rider and injuring two others, has been charged with seven felony counts of drunk driving and reckless homicide.

Motorcyclist Eric Wells, 30, was killed in the crash. Kurt Weekly, 44, was critically injured and Mary Mills, 47, was hospitalized in fair condition.

Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski said tests showed that the officer, David Bisard, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent at the time of the crash, which happened at about 11:20 a.m. on Aug. 6. A driver is considered legally drunk in Indiana with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.

Bisard reportedly was responding to a request for help on a felony warrant at the time of the crash. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

The AMA expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and will report on developments in the case.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).