Edgewood officer charged in deadly Madison Co. crash


MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – An Edgewood police officer who was involved in a deadly crash in Madison County over the weekend has been charged.

Investigators say 41-year-old James D. Foutch rear-ended a car causing the crash on State Road 32, north of Lapel, Sunday afternoon. The crash killed Jesse Sperry, a passenger inside the car, and injured his 9 months pregnant wife Rebecca, who was driving. She was later induced and delivered a healthy baby girl.

The following charges have been filed against Foutch:

Operating while intoxicated causing death, a Class B felony
Operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, a Class D felony
Reckless driving, as a Class A misdemeanor
Reckless homicide, a Class C felony
Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said that on April 7, a search warrant was obtained to search and removed the Crash Data Recorder from Foutch’s vehicle. It was recovered and downloaded by a certified re-constructionist. Information on the Crash Data Recorder showed the vehicle was traveling at approximately 92 miles per hour and indicated no braking.

Foutch is a 12-year veteran of the department. Investigators said he was off-duty and in his personal car when the crash happened. He was placed on administrative leave after the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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