MADISON COUNTY, Ind. - An off-duty police officer faces OWI charges in a Sunday crash that killed a young man and seriously injured his pregnant wife.
Madison County Sheriff's deputies said the driver of a 2004 GMC Yukon, identified as James Foutch, struck the rear end of a 1996 Buick Century while both vehicles were westbound on State Road 32 east of Lapel.
Investigators suspect Foutch was under the influence of prescription drugs. Sources said he was under the influence of hydrocodone.
The impact of the collision pushed the Buick off the roadway and into a utility pole, killing a passenger in the front seat and leaving the driver of the Buick, Rebecca Marie Sperry, of Pendleton, in serious condition. Police later identified the victim as the woman's husband, 23-year-old Jesse Sperry.
Sperry was 9-months-pregnant at the time of the crash and family friends said she was scheduled to have induced labor Sunday night. The baby girl was delivered via C-section and she's receiving special treatment at Riley Hospital for Children.
"The child was born, we don't know the extent of the injuries and the viability of the child. The mother is in pretty serious condition. We are hoping she is gonna survive, that remains to be seen. We're not certain yet," Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said.
Meanwhile, Foutch, who was off-duty from his job as an Edgewood police officer, was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in Anderson for a blood draw. He was later arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated while causing death.
His passenger was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Foutch was being held at the Madison County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, but he posted bail and was later released. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
Foutch has been a member of the Edgewood Police Department for 12 years and has been placed on administrative leave.