Edgewood police officer pleads guilty in fatal 2014 crash

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James Foutch

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 21, 2015) – A suspended Edgewood police officer pleaded guilty after causing a fatal crash in 2014.

James Foutch, 42, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and criminal recklessness in connection with the April 2014 crash that killed Jesse Sperry and injured his pregnant wife, Rebecca.

The other charges against Foutch were dropped. They included operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance; causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated; causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance; and causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Prosecutors said Foutch was going 90 mph when he ran into the back of the Sperry family’s car. He had taken prescription medication before the crash. While Jesse Sperry was killed, his wife survived and gave birth to their daughter, Autumn, by emergency C-section.

Foutch’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 17.