Man Who Ran Over Oakland County Deputy Convicted Of Murder

WWJ News
November 02, 2019 - 12:48 pm
Berak and Overall

Christopher Berak, left, and Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall (Photos: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

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**UPDATE 12/10: Man Sentenced Life Without Parole For Killing Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall

PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) - A 24-year-old man accused of intentionally running over and killing a sheriff's deputy has been convicted of murder.

Christopher Berak was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder and murder of a police officer in the death of Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall.

Overall's son, Ken, says it was the "outcome we were hoping for." But defense attorney Steve Rabaut says Berak had no intention of striking the deputy and was reacting to stop sticks in the road.

Authorities said Berak was trying to get away from police on Nov. 23, 2017 — Thanksgiving Day — when he veered off M-15 in Brandon Township during a 22-mile pursuit.

Overall was outside his squad car and preparing to deploy stop sticks designed to deflate a vehicle's tires, police said, when he was hit by Berak’s vehicle, which then rolled over.

It's alleged that Berak swerved, making a nearly 90-degree turn before hitting Overall, who was “well off” the roadway in a grassy area when the collision occurred.

Berak faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Sentencing is set for December 10.