Benton Bertram: Funeral service announced for officer killed in chase

Benjamin Eads arrested, held on $100,000 cash bond

Benton Bertram: Funeral service announced for officer killed in chase
Benton “Ben” Bertram died when he crashed his car into a tree while pursuing a suspect late Wednesday night. (Source: Wise, John)

CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) - Memorial and funeral services have been announced for a Charlestown police officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday.

Benton “Ben” Bertram died when he crashed his car into a tree while pursuing a suspect late Wednesday night.

Bertram, 33, was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.

Benjamin Eads appeared disoriented at his initial court appearance before a judge set his bond at $100,000, WAVE 3 News' Rachael Krause reported.
Benjamin Eads appeared disoriented at his initial court appearance before a judge set his bond at $100,000, WAVE 3 News' Rachael Krause reported.

Two visitations have been scheduled at Charlestown High School; the first will be Monday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The second will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Immediately following the second visitation, a celebration of life service has been will take place Tuesday, also at the high school, at 11 a.m.

The man Bertram was chasing, Benjamin Eads, faces charges in both Clark and Scott counties. He made his initial court appearance Friday in Scott County, where prosecutors requested more time to determine charges for Eads.

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The hearing was re-scheduled for Monday.

WAVE 3 News' Rachael Krause attended Friday’s brief hearing, at from which she reported Eads, 35, appeared disoriented and declined to answer several of the judge’s questions.

Eads finally addressed the judge by saying, “No, I want to do this right now.” His bond was set at $100,000 full cash.

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