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Child Protective Services supervisor charged with assaulting police officers

Paula Lipinski, 38, was charged Tuesday with two charges of police officer assault, resisting, obstructing and one charge of operating while intoxicated. Photo courtesy: Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Traverse City woman who works for the Department of Health and Human Services is facing felony charges accusing her of assaulting two police officers and resisting arrest.


Paula Lipinski, 38, was charged Tuesday with two counts of police officer assault, resisting, obstructing and one charge of operating while intoxicated.

The two counts of assaulting a police officer are felony charges that could each bring two years in prison if found guilty. The charge of operating while intoxicated is a misdemeanor.

Court documents show on March 4 an employee of Kilkenny's Irish Pub saw Lipinski leave the bar and she appeared to be intoxicated. According to these records Lipinski got into the driver's seat of a vehicle and moved the vehicle approximately one foot before the employee was able to block the path and stop her.

The felony complaint does not identify the type of vehicle Lipinski was driving.

When police arrived, Lipinski had exited the vehicle and when police tried to question her, Lipinski became belligerent and tried to run away. Documents state she ignored police commands and was then placed under arrest. Police report she kicked an officer in the leg and continued to be uncooperative at the hospital and jail.


Lipinski was released from jail on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

According to officials in Lansing with the Department of Health and Human Services, Paula Lipinski is a Child Protective Services Supervisor for the Grand Traverse County office. She remains employed by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials with MDHHS will not confirm or deny whether Lipinski was on-call at the time of her arrest, saying the case is under investigation.

Lipinski will be back in court for a probable cause conference on March 20 and a preliminary hearing on March 27.




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