Indy police chief quits after another blunder involving drunk driving cop’s crash

INDIANAPOLIS, IN April 19, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Indianapolis’ police chief resigned and two other top officers were suspended Tuesday over the latest blunder in the case of a fatal crash involving a police officer authorities believe was drunk.

The city’s mayor and public safety director also called in the FBI to help restore public confidence in a police department they say has endured decades of neglect and corruption.

The developments came a day after prosecutors informed police Chief Paul Ciesielski that a key second vial of blood from Officer David Bisard had been mishandled and left unrefrigerated in a police property room annex. The revelation cast doubt about whether authorities can show Bisard was legally drunk in August 2010 when he drove into a pair of motorcycles stopped at a traffic light, killing one rider and injuring two others. Bisard is awaiting trial on reckless homicide and other charges.

“At best, this matter shows gross incompetence, at worst possible criminal intent,” said Mayor Greg Ballard, who declined to elaborate.

Ciesielski was not at Tuesday’s news conference and did not immediately return a message left with a department spokesman. He will remain with the department as a captain.

Public Safety Director Frank Straub placed Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham, Lt. Paula Irwin and a civilian property room supervisor on paid leave. Deputy Public Safety Director Rick Hite, a 32-year veteran of the…

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