Daniel Sullivan, founder and CEO of a leading solar installation company that suddenly closed in October, did not appear in court on Friday for his bail review hearing related to felony charges l ‘accusing him of harassing a former girlfriend.
Sullivan’s lawyer told Vista Superior Court Judge Laura E. Duffy that Sullivan is no longer being held at Vista Detention Center but has been admitted to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. The lawyer, a public defender whose name was not available, did not tell the judge why Sullivan was in the hospital, saying only Sullivan was “unable to appear in court.”
Duffy has set a new bail hearing date for December 10 in Vista Superior Court.
Following his arrest on November 22, Sullivan was detained for $ 1 million, facing three counts of stalking and six counts of misdemeanor disobeying a restraining order. The businessman has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted of the felony charges, Sullivan faces a maximum sentence of more than five years, according to San Diego Assistant District Attorney Chris Campbell.
Sullivan opened Sullivan Solar Power in 2004 and established it as one of the area’s most popular rooftop solar companies. But for the past two months, phone calls, messages and emails have not been returned and the company’s headquarters offices in Miramar have been locked with the lights off.
A search of court records on Friday did not show Sullivan Solar Power has filed for bankruptcy.
The brutal shutdown angered clients of Sullivan Solar Power, some of whom have had liens on their properties and others who have had work on their homes unfinished.
Allen Davis came to the brief hearing on Friday, hoping to get answers. The owner of Saber Springs hired Sullivan to install solar panels on the roof of his four bedroom house. But after spending $ 34,000 on a $ 48,000 project, Davis said work on his facility came to a halt on October 13.
“I can understand if he’s had any problems, but there are reasonable ways for an adult, a mature individual who is honest, to do things,” Davis said, “And he’s not honest, he doesn’t. not doing things right and he has to stand up and do the things that need to be done.
Lawsuits against the company have been filed in San Diego Superior Court, and the Contractors State License Board suspended Sullivan Solar Power’s license last month. The licensing board cited a case in which a Jamul owner took the company to small claims court, obtained a judgment of $ 5,065 in April but was not paid.
A Union-Tribune review found that Sullivan Solar Power had racked up $ 19,000 in fines by the licensing board over the past year for five separate citations.
As for the criminal complaint, Sullivan is accused of harassing an ex-girlfriend between July 2020 and early May of this year, including after a restraining order went into effect in late March. The complaint also alleges recent breaches of the order, including four between November 10 and November 18. He was arrested four days later.
Editors Teri Figueroa and Greg Moran contributed to this story.