Edgewood Police officer faces drug charges, reckless homicide in fatal accident

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 10, 2014)– An Edgewood Police officer involved in a fatal crash on Sunday has now been charged.

Jesse Sperry and his pregnant wife, Rebecca, were driving on State Road 32 in Madison County on Sunday. Rebecca Sperry was behind the wheel when another car hit them from behind. Jesse Sperry died as a result of the accident.

According to authorities, James Foutch was the driver of the other car. He was not on duty and was in his personal vehicle. Authorities said Foutch hit the Sperry’s car from behind and the impact was so hard that the Sperry’s car went off the road, hitting a utility pole. Police believe he was traveling at a speed of over 90 mph. Foutch told officers he did not see the other vehicle. Rebecca Sperry said she thought her vehicle rolled at least once because she remembered seeing sky.

Rebecca Sperry had an emergency C-section and gave birth to the couple’s little girl.

Foutch is charged with:

  • Causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood (class “B” Felony)
  • Causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (class “C” Felony)
  • Reckless homicide (class “C” Felony)
  • Causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II substance in body (class “D” Felony)
  • Causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (class “D” Felony)
  • Criminal recklessness resulting in serious bodily injury (class “D” Felony)

Documents show the “controlled substance” listed in the charges is Hydrocodone. Foutch admitted taking the drug to an officer, and also said he had taken Xanax the night before, which his girlfriend has a prescription for.