NewsPublic Affairs / December 13, 2018

Officer Dies In Crash During Chase In Southern Indiana

Officer Dies In Crash During Chase In Southern IndianaDuring the chase, the officer's vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the front yard of a home.Public Safety, Charlestown Police Department, Charlestown, Clark County, Scott County2018-12-13T00:00:00-05:00
Officer Dies In Crash During Chase In Southern Indiana

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CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old police officer has died after crashing while chasing a man who allegedly fled a traffic stop in southern Indiana.

State police say Charlestown Officer Benton Bertram tried to stop a car for a traffic violation Wednesday night near the Clark County community and the driver fled into Scott County. During the chase, the officer's vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the front yard of a home.

Police say Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later found the car and arrested the suspected driver, 35-year-old Benjamin Eads of Freedom. Eads faces preliminary charges including resisting law enforcement causing death and auto theft. Court records don't list a lawyer for Eads.

Bertram was a 9-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.

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