Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy killed during pursuit

Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy killed during pursuit

Authorities say Berak intentionally steered his vehicle into Deputy Eric Overall, 50, causing Overall's death.

Christopher Berak of Macomb County, 22, was charged with first-degree premeditated homicide and murder of a peace officer.

A 22-year-old Macomb County man accused of fatally hitting an Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy during a police chase on Thanksgiving Day was arraigned by video Saturday in Macomb County.

Magistrate Marie Soma denied bond for Berak, who is on probation for operating under the influence of marijuana and has a history of mental heath conditions.

First-degree murder is punished with mandatory life in prison without parole, if convicted.

Berak, who works at a pizzeria and lives with his parents, has prior misdemeanor convictions, including possession of marijuana and attempted fleeing and eluding law enforcement, for which he's now on probation in the 41B District Court, said his lawyer, Stephen Rabaut.




The attorney stated Berak has a history of mental health issues and is now seeing a psychiatrist.

The pursuit started there and went westbound to I-69 to southbound to M-15 into Oakland County.

He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing in Clarkston District Court on December 4. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Police have not released the name of the deputy but say he's a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Overall, who lived in Genesee County, was recently married and has one adult son, police said.

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