S. Indiana man hears charges in chase that killed Charlestown officer

A southern Indiana man accused of starting a police chase that led to an officer’s death has been charged with four crimes.

Benjamin Eads of Freedom appeared in court Monday in Scott County. The charges include auto theft and resisting law enforcement, which led to a death.

Authorities say Eads fled a traffic stop on Dec. 12, triggering a police chase during which Charlestown Officer Benton Bertram’s vehicle struck a tree. Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 35-year-old Eads pleaded not guilty. His bond remains at $100,000 cash, and he was assigned a public defender. He’ll return to court on Feb. 11.

State Police say the 33-year-old Bertram was a Charlestown officer for nine years.

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