Ex-South Lyon fire official's trial set for Jan. 20

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A former South Lyon deputy fire chief is scheduled to be tried next month on domestic violence charges.

Police accuse Daniel Hammon, 35, of punching his girlfriend at a bar on Thanksgiving and later grabbing her by the neck at home.

South Lyon's Fire Department fired Hammon earlier this month in the wake of the allegations, said Mayor Tedd Wallace. A 15-year veteran of the department, Hammon was a volunteer, paid-on-call employee.

Hammon's trial is set for 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20 in 52-1 District Court in Novi. A judge has not yet been assigned to the case, according to court records.

South Lyon police said they arrested Hammon after they were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance about 3 a.m. Nov. 28. He was at home with his girlfriend and her sister at the time. The three were reportedly drinking at a bar on Thanksgiving when an argument occurred.

The girlfriend and her sister said Hammon punched her and later grabbed her by the neck at home, according to police.

Officials said the girlfriend locked herself and a dog inside a vehicle and Hammon allegedly yelled and pounded on the car window before going back inside the home. Hammon denied both actions, police said.

His girlfriend didn't want to press charges, but police proceeded with the case and arrested Hammon.

A preliminary breath test showed that Hammon had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent, according to authorities.

The fire department put Hammon on unpaid administrative leave. "It was a domestic issue, but that's neither here nor there," Wallace said. "(As a city official) you're supposed to be on the up and up."

South Lyon Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said Tuesday the department promoted Capt. Mike Weir to deputy fire chief, succeeding Hammon.

"We had to reassign some administrative functions," Kennedy said. "But from a service delivery standpoint, the change hasn't had any impact."

Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.