GROSSE POINTE SHORES (WWJ) - A Grosse Pointe Shores councilman who serves as the city’s mayor pro-tem has been charged with an alleged domestic violence assault involving his wife.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said 59-year-old Daniel Thomas Schulte was arraigned Thursday on charges of resisting and obstructing, preventing a crime report and domestic violence. He’s due back in court on Aug. 21 for a preliminary examination.
Police say around 10:22 p.m. on Wednesday, they received a 911 call from the Schultes’ home on Hampton Road. After interviewing his wife and another family member at the scene, police placed Schulte under arrest.
Authorities did not release details of the allegations.
Schulte, who was interviewed by the Detroit Free Press, denied any allegations of domestic violence, saying the charges are “overboard.”
“The only thing that happened that was of any consequence was I blocked another family member’s car from getting out of the driveway,” he said. “There was no assault whatsoever.”
Schulte also told the Freep that he just wanted to know where his wife was taking their son, adding “My family is, has been and will always be my No. 1 priority.”
Worthy said the State Court Administrator will be assigning another judge to the case after the local judge disqualified himself.
The charges mark the second time this year that Schulte has faced a domestic violence allegation. In the earlier incident, which involved a family member other than Schulte’s wife, prosecutors declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.
Schulte was elected to city council in April 2009, and has served as the city’s mayor pro-tem since Nov. 2011. He also ran an unsuccessful bid to become a state representative in 2012.