The Second In Command of the Indianapolis Police Department and two other officers have been demoted over their handling of an officer who killed a motorcyclist in an alleged drunken accident. Assistant Chief Darryl Pierce, Deputy Chief Ron Hicks and Homeland Security Commander John Conley will now hold the rank of lieutenant.
The officers are accused of not taking control of the scene and allowing mistakes to occur that allowed Officer David Bisard avoid a DUI finding.
Bisard was speeding on his way to serve a felony warrant when he ran his cruiser into two motorcycles stopped at an Indianapolis intersection. A test showed Bisard’s blood-alcohol level was 0.19 percent, more than twice the limit.
Motorcyclist Eric Wells, 30, was killed. On the other motorcycle, driver, Kurt Weekly, 44, and his passenger, Mary Mills, 47, were both seriously injured.
Bisard avoided the DUI finding due to the fact that the person administering the test was not certified. He is still facing reckless homicide and other charges.