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April 8, 2014

Prosecutor asks lab to rush blood work on suspended Edgewood officer

ANDERSON — The Madison County prosecutor has asked the state crime lab to expedite blood testing of an Edgewood police officer suspected of causing a deadly car accident while high on painkillers.

James D. Foutch, 41, of Anderson, faces a Class B felony charge of operating while intoxicated causing death for his alleged role in a Sunday accident that claimed the life of Jesse Sperry, 23, Pendleton.

The SUV driven by Foutch rear-ended a Buick driven by Sperry's wife, Rebecca, in the 7500 block of West Ind. 32 while both vehicles were heading west. The impact forced the Buick off the road and into a utility pole.

Jesse Sperry was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rebecca Sperry, who was nine months pregnant and scheduled to give birth that day, was airlifted by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Indianapolis.

Sperry gave birth to a baby girl, Autumn Marie, after an emergency C-section, and the newborn was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and is receiving specialized treatment. Friends of the Sperry's have said the mother is in stable condition and the newborn is showing good signs of development.

Foutch was arrested after the accident and made bail the next morning. Edgewood Town Marshall Andrew Ellingwood said Foutch was placed on administrative leave and the town council is planning a meeting to decide the specifics of Foutch's reprimand. Investigators believe Foutch, a 12-year veteran of the Edgewood force who works third shift, was impaired by hydrocodone during the accident.

Nobody answered the door at Foutch's home on Monday, and Foutch's father declined to comment over the phone.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings announced Tuesday that investigators are still determining official charges as they await the results of Foutch's blood work.

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