Suspect in fatal police pursuit back in court facing more charges

Suspect in fatal police pursuit back in court facing more charges
Benjamin Eads was formally charged in Scott County, IN on Monday. He will also face charges in Clark County. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) - Three felonies and a misdemeanor were filed against suspect Benjamin Eads in court Monday.

The Scott County Prosecutor, Chris Owens, also applied the possibility of an extended sentence if found guilty.

Owens included a habitual offender extension to Eads' charges. Owens said Eads' history of several unrelated felony convictions qualifies him for a harsher sentence if found guilty.

Probable cause was also made public, outlining what detectives say transpired the night of the chase and crash.

Detectives said Eads stole a car at a gas station in Charlestown on Wednesday night.

Officer Ben Bertram was working and attempted to stop the same stolen vehicle for speeding. A chase began, crossing three counties, and reaching speeds as fast as 117 miles per hour.

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Detectives said when the pursuit reached the intersection of State Road 56 and State Road 3 in Scott County, Bertram crashed.

Eads left the scene, ditched the stolen car, and got a ride back to Charlestown at the same gas station the stolen car was reported from.

Law enforcement arrested Eads and interrogated him that same night.

Detectives said Eads admitted to stealing the car and being a part of the police pursuit.

In court, Eads did not have an assigned attorney and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. His bond remained at $100,000 and Eads was taken back to Scott County Jail.

Eads also faces charges in Clark County, but those have not been filed as of Monday night.

A trial date was set for March.

Officer Bertram’s funeral will be Tuesday in Charlestown.

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