Man faces hearing in pursuit that killed officer

By The Associated Press

SCOTTSBURG — A southern Indiana man is due in court for allegedly starting a police pursuit that led to an officer’s car crash death.

Thirty-five-year-old Benjamin James Eads of Freedom is scheduled for a Monday afternoon initial hearing.

Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens says he expects to have formal charges filed against Eads prior to that hearing.

The News and Tribune reports that Eads is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He was charged with preliminary charges that include resisting law enforcement causing death following his arrest.

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

State Police say the 33-year-old Bertram was a 9-year Charlestown Police Department veteran.

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