Man who police say 'intentionally steered' into, killed deputy will be charged

ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH. - A man who police said "intentionally steered" his car at an Oakland County deputy, resulting in the officer's death, is to be arraigned Saturday, authorities said.

The suspect, a 22-year-old Macomb Township man, will be arraigned at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rochester Hills' 52-3 District Court via video link, according to a news release from the Oakland County Sheriff. The man has been held in the Macomb County Jail since the crash early Thursday.

The fatal collision happened in Oakland County's Brandon Township, when a driver led police on a chase from Lapeer County, then turned south into Oakland on M-15. The driver flipped his car just after Deputy Eric Overall placed stop sticks on the highway aimed at ending the chase, police said.

Overall had positioned himself "well off the roadway," according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. But he died of blunt force injuries and his death has been ruled a homicide by the Oakland County Medical Examiner.

Related: Oakland County Sheriff: Driver 'deliberately ran down' deputy, killing him

Police said Overall, a 22-year-veteran of the sheriff’s office, was killed at the intersection of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road while assisting Lapeer County officers as they chased the man from their own jail's parking lot in a pursuit that began shortly after midnight. The site is 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

The man's behavior and spoken threats triggered the pursuit, Lapeer County officials have said. The suspect has four prior convictions for possession of marijuana, as well as a conviction for resisting and obstructing police, Oakland authorities said. Police aren't releasing his name.

Overall was known as a caring, outgoing officer who took special interest in young people. Many who said Overall helped them as youths overcome obstacles and temptations are among those who've left comments on a GoFundMe site set up to aid Overall's family. As of Friday afternoon, the site had raised more than $43,000 in pledges.

Funeral arrangements for Overall were still pending on Friday afternoon, although visitation is to be on Monday and the funeral on Tuesday, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said. Overall was recently married and had one adult son, authorities said.

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