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Officer in Charlestown, Indiana killed during pursuit

NOW: Officer in Charlestown, Indiana killed during pursuit

SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. -- An officer with the Charlestown Police Department died in a crash while pursuing a suspect Wednesday evening, according to the Indiana State Police.

Officer Benton Bertram of the Charlestown Police attempted to stop a teal 1998 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation just after 10 p.m.

The vehicle fled on SR 3 and continued into Scott County.

The pursuit continued to the intersection of SR 3 and SR 56 east of Scottsburg, according to ISP.

Officer Bertram's patrol vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

Other officers involved in the pursuit stopped to render aid to Officer Betram, according to ISP.

He died at the scene.

The suspect, 35-year-old Benjamin Eads, was later located and apprehended.

The crash remains under investigation.

Eads has been preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement causing death in Scott County. He is also facing resisting law enforcement and auto theft in Clark County.


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