Tests show Edgewood officer under influence of painkillers, anti-anxiety drug

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EDGEWOOD (April 29, 2014) – An Edgewood police officer was under the influence of Xanax and Hydrocodone when he was involved in a crash that killed a man and injured his pregnant wife earlier this month, tests show.

Officer James Foutch tested positive for the drugs, according to Madison County officials. Court documents had previously revealed that Foutch was high on pills, a finding backed up by the test results.

Investigators said Foutch was going more than 90 mph on April 6 when his SUV collided with a car carrying Jesse and Rebecca Sperry on State Road 32 in Madison County. Jesse Sperry died from his injuries; his wife delivered their daughter, Autumn, via an emergency C-section.

Foutch was off duty at the time. Charges against him include operating while intoxicated causing death, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, criminal recklessness and reckless homicide.

Last week, the Edgewood Town Council voted unanimously to place Foutch on unpaid administrative leave.