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New Hero Search Benton Hurley Bertram - Dec. 12, 2018 (29834)

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Charlestown Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Otisco (Clark County)
IN, USA
Born: Jun. 22, 1985  
Fallen: Dec. 12, 2018
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 33 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Charlestown Police Dept. - IN
701 Main Street  
Charlestown, IN   47111   USA
(812)256-6345
County: Clark
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Crash
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: D50
On The Job: 9 years
Bio: Ben was born in Louisville, KY the son of Howard L. 'Luke' Bertram, Jr. and Diane Hurley Bertram.

Ben held the rank of Sergeant as a K9 Handler member of the Charlestown Police Department in Charlestown, Indiana, a member of the Marvin Walts Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 181, North American Police Work Dog Association and a member of 11-191 graduating class of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Benjamin Eads :: Caucasian / Male - 35 years old
of Freedom, IN

  
Location: State Road 3   Charlestown, IN   USA   Wed. Dec. 12, 2018
Summary: Sergeant Ben Bertram was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit on State Road 3 at 10:30 pm.

He had attempted to stop a stolen vehicle but the driver refused to stop. As the pursuit neared State Road 56, in Scott County, Sergeant Bertram's vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Other officers in the pursuit immediately stopped and rendered aid but Sergeant Bertram succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The driver continued to flee but was apprehended in Clark County. He was charged with resisting law enforcement resulting in death and auto theft.

Sergeant Bertram's canine partner survived the crash and was treated at a local veterinary hospital.

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