Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Sergeant Benton Bertram was killed in a single-vehicle accident during a 30-mile pursuit, which began upon him observing a speeding vehicle being driven in the opposite lane of traffic on State Road 3.
When the driver refused to stop, he was pursued by officers eastbound on State Road 62 in Clark County. The deployment of Stop Sticks at State Roads 56 and 62 in Jefferson County were unsuccessful and the pursuit proceeded westbound on State Road 56.
As the pursuit approached State Road 3, in Scott County, Stop Sticks were deployed again. The unmarked squad car of Sergeant Bertram left the roadway and struck a tree in the front yard of a residence, where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 35-year-old male, who was driving a vehicle stolen from a Circle K convenience store in Charlestown, fled the scene toward Madison but was later apprehended. He was charged with resisting law enforcement causing death, auto theft, escape and driving while suspended. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Sergeant Bertram had previously served with the Clark County Sheriff's Department as a corrections officer. He was survived by his parents, Howard 'Luke' and Diane (née Hurley); sister, Lindsey (Tim) Wolff; current canine partner, Franco and recently-retired canine partner, Kubo.
• In 2019, a Memorial Mile was designated on State Road 56, from its north junction with State Road 3 eastward one mile, in his honor.
• Sergeant Bertram is the fifth of five Indiana line of duty deaths in 2018.