Christopher Joseph Berak, a 22-year-old Macomb Township man, was called to court this Saturday. Berak is suspected to have premeditated and executed the first-degree murder of Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Overall.
The murder took place on the morning of Thanksgiving. A premeditated homicide of a police officer may earn Berak a life imprisonment.
Berak’s attorney commented on the case, “He resided with his parents in Macomb Township and is employed at a local pizzeria. I don’t think he’s a risk of flight, but I understand the seriousness of these charges.” Despite the lawyer's trust in their client, Berak has previously resisted police officers.
Berak, who also has a history of mental illness, was under the influence of marijuana on the day of the murder. According to Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna, Berak drove to Lapeer County Jail at 11:40pm on Wednesday and introduced himself as “God,” who has come “to break out one of his sons being held there in violation of man-made laws.” After a brief conversation with a police officer, he fled the site to only repeat the same actions at Thumb Correctional Facility. After his second stop here, he drove away on a 22-mile pursuit, during which Eric Overall was fatally run into. At the time of the pursuit, Overall was placing the stop sticks.
Authorities believe that the runover was intentional.
Magistrate Marie Soma took into account Berak’s crime and mental illness history. As a result, Berak was denied bond and is awaiting a cause hearing that is scheduled in Clarkson District Court on December 4, 2017.