Off-duty officer charged with deadly DUI in Madison County

A 23-year-old man was killed Sunday near Lapel, Ind., after an off-duty police officer caused a fatal car crash. The officer was later arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.

An off-duty Edgewood police officer has been charged with driving while in intoxicated causing a death after his vehicle rear-ended another and killed a 23-year-old man, as reported by The Herald Bulletin.

The victim, Jesse Sperry, was in a 1996 Buick Century with his pregnant wife when a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by James Foutch, 41, rear-ended them. The impact caused the Buick to crash into a utility pole, which snapped in half and brought power lines down around the vehicle.

Sperry was pronounced dead at the scene, as reported by The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU.

Sperry's wife, Rebecca, was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis where she delivered the couples' first child, the Herald Bulletin reported.

The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Foutch was arrested later Sunday and charged with the class B felony. WNDU reported that investigators believe Foutch was on prescription drugs at the time of the crash. He has since posted a $20,000 bond and was released from the Madison County Jail.

You can read the full story on the Herald Bulletin website, including more information about Foutch and information about how to help Rebecca Sperry and her newborn daughter. 

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