Off-duty officer charged in deadly crash; documents reveal new details

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MADISON CO, Ind. (Apr. 10, 2014) — Ninety-two miles an hour.

That is how fast court documents say an off-duty police officer was going when he ran into another vehicle, killing a father-to-be. The crash killed Jesse Sperry, and injured his pregnant wife Rebecca. Friends can’t believe Jesse Sperry is gone, and what’s making it worse for one friend in particular is the fact that a police officer allegedly caused this.

The love that Jesse and Rebecca Sperry felt for each other is evident. Friends say they’d been attached at the hip since high school. Rebecca was carrying the couple’s child, Jesse was hours from becoming a new father and all signs pointed to happiness. That all changed Sunday afternoon when police said an SUV, driven by off-duty Edgewood police officer James Foutch, barreled into the Sperry’s Buick going 92 mph.

Court documents say Rebecca Sperry told investigators she looked at her husband, who was sitting in the passenger seat, and said, “Oh my gosh, look at this guy, he is like flying. I think he’s going to hit us.”

Realizing the SUV made no attempts at swerving, Rebecca screamed, “Oh my gosh, he’s going to hit us.”

Mrs. Sperry told investigators the GMC Yukon “full out nailed them.”

She thinks the family’s car rolled at least once, because in court documents, Rebecca remembered seeing the sky. Police quickly arrived and questioned Foutch. Court documents reveal he admitted to taking a prescribed 7.5 mg of Hyrdocodone hours before the Sunday afternoon crash. Foutch was also found to be speeding.

“Ridiculous, they’re supposed to be out here protecting us,” said friend Madisyn Goen.

She saw news of the crash, but didn’t realize who was involved until hours later when FOX59 was given new information.

“I saw you guys post something on Facebook and I saw the name. It just broke my heart, I just started crying,” said Goen.

“You can tell they were in love with each other,” she added.

Rebecca Sperry’s baby was delivered by C-section a short time after the crash. Mom and baby are alive. In the meantime, James Foutch’s bail was posted, but his future with the Edgewood Police Department isn’t known. Foutch, a 12-year veteran of the police department, is on administrative leave.