CLARKSTON (WWJ/AP) – A man charged with murder after authorities say he deliberately ran over a sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Michigan will get a competency examination.

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(Photo: Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

A judge on Monday ordered the examination for 22-year-old Christopher Joseph Berak, who is charged with first-degree homicide and murder of a peace officer.

Berak’s lawyer Stephen Rabaut told the court “it warrants a competency evaluation.”

Authorities said 50-year-old Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall was outside his squad car early Nov. 23 preparing to deploy “stop sticks” designed to deflate vehicles’ tires at a Brandon Township intersection when he was hit by Berak’s vehicle, which then rolled over.

Police said 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 was arrested at the scene.

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Eric Overall (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

A court-appointed attorney said Berak — who has four prior convictions for possession of marijuana and resisting and obstructing police — has a history of mental  health issues and is currently under the care of a psychiatrist. He lives with his parents in Macomb Township and works at a local pizzeria.

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Earlier on the day of the crash, Berak told officers at the Lapeer County jail he was “God” and came to break out one of his “sons.”

Berak will undergo a forensic exam to determine his competency to understand criminal responsibility, to assist his attorney in his defense, and to stand trial. His next court hearing is set for Feb. 12.

© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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