Colonel Keith McDonald, chief of the Charlestown Police Department in Indiana, sadly reports the death of Sergeant Benton Bertram.
Sgt. Bertram, 33, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle crash. Bertram attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. The driver fled and a pursuit followed.
During the pursuit, Bertram lost control of his patrol vehicle and it left the roadway and struck a tree. Back-up officers immediately stopped to assist Bertram and render medical aid. However, he passed away at the scene of the crash. Bertram’s K9 partner survived the crash and was treated at a local veterinary hospital for minor injuries.
Other officers continued the pursuit and apprehended the suspect driver who faces multiple criminal charges related to Bertram’s death.
— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) December 13, 2018
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The Indiana State Police are investigating the collision and conducting a complete reconstruction. As a part of that investigation, an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of Bertram’s death. This could determine why he lost control of the vehicle during the pursuit.
Benton Bertram served the Charlestown Police Department for nine years. His parents survive him.
Sergeant Benton Bertram is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, December 12, 2018.