Traverse City Police Release Dash Cam Of CPS Worker Arrested For Kicking Officer, Drunk Driving
Police say newly-released dash cam video shows a Grand Traverse County Child Protective Services supervisor drunk and resisting arrest.
Court documents show Paula Lipinski was leaving Kilkenny’s Irish Pub in Traverse City on Saturday.
When an employee at the bar noticed she was intoxicated – they tried to stop her.
Police were called and found a quickly escalating scene.
“Anytime we bring felony charges, that’s a serious criminal case,” says Bob Cooney, Grand Traverse Co. prosecuting attorney.
Traverse City Police say Paula Lipinski was leaving Kilkenny’s Bar after a night with friends when a bar employee tried to stop her from leaving.
When an officer arrived, their video shows what happened next.
In the video, you can hear her friends asking her to cooperate.
At one point, police say she kicked the leg of the officer.
And tried to run.
“The charges are more serious because the defendant resisted and obstructed police officers in an attempt to investigate the drunk driving offense,” Cooney says.
The prosecutor says the charges Lipinski faces up to two years in prison for resisting police, and up to 93 days in jail for drunk driving.
“The fact that the defendant is a government employee has no impact upon my decisions, as far as charging or how the ultimate outcome of the case will be,” Cooney says. “Everyone gets treated the same, no matter what their walk of life, employment.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Lipinski has been a CPS supervisor for seven years, a discerning thought for some.
“One should be responsible, working with children, but I also think that this is not the right thing to do and there should be consequences for someone like this,” says Jean from Traverse City.
“I think it’s a really scary thing that that happened and they need to, be checking up on these people that are taking care of children,” says Denice of Traverse City.
While the investigation continues, people like Denice hope more details come to light.
“You never know,” Denice says. “I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The DHHS is still investigating the case.