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Man charged with assaulting mom on Mothers' Day

Posted: 6:31 PM, May 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-09 18:31:38-04

It took Judge James Plakas several minutes Monday afternoon to read the lengthy list of charges against Daniel Jacob Howard, accused of leading police on a miles-long chase on residential and highway roads after a heated domestic dispute Sunday morning.

Howard was arraigned in 35th District Court in Plymouth Township and charged with firing a gun in a building and in a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding police, and assault and battery, among other charges.

Plymouth Township police tell 7 Action News Howard was at his mother's house on Tavistock Court around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, when he had an argument with his girlfriend and physically attacked her and his mother.

Police say Howard fired a gun inside the house and fired it two more times outside.

Plymouth Township police followed Howard in his car to I-275 and onto I-96, until he eventually crashed into the median at Newburgh Road. Police say Howard got out of his car and fired another shot into the air and threatened to shoot himself.

Police officers from Plymouth Township, Livonia, and Canton were on scene to talk Howard into putting his gun down.

The judge set bail at $100,000 and ordered Howard not to have any contact with his mother or girlfriend. He is due back in court for a probable cause conference on May 20.