Off-duty police officer arrested, charged in crash that killed expecting father

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WXIN) – An off-duty police officer was arrested on OWI charges after a fatal accident.

According to WXIN, Edgewood police officer James Foutch was driving his personal vehicle when he rear-ended a Buick Century.

The force of the impact caused the Buick Century to run into a utility pole.

One witness said, “It (the car) looked like it was folded around the telephone pole. So I was running over there with the expectation of not finding anything good.”

Rebecca Sperry, the driver of the Buick, was nine months pregnant and was transported by helicopter with severe injuries to an Indianapolis hospital.

Her husband Jesse, the passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to family members, later that night, Sperry gave birth to a baby girl via emergency C-section.

Foutch was later arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death.

Reports say the Madison County Sheriff’s office is investigating the crash and the Edgewood police department will conduct an internal investigation.

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