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Woman Really, Really Didn’t Want Subpoena and Process Server Had a Really, Really Bad Day

Evidence of the bad day – a crumbled up subpoena and the server’s identification badge – was found in a flower garden.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office filed assault and battery charges against a Highland Township woman who allegedly roughed up a process server. (Patch file photo)
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office filed assault and battery charges against a Highland Township woman who allegedly roughed up a process server. (Patch file photo)

Process servers rarely see people at their best. The news contained in the papers they’re delivering is rarely good or welcome. But what a server recently experienced in Highland Township earlier this month doesn’t happen every day, either.

A process server who was attempting to deliver a subpoena to 38-year-old woman told authorities she looked “angry” after finally made an appearance – after her husband had rebuffed him with various excuses, The Oakland Press reports.

She was sleeping, he reportedly said. She didn’t want to deal with at that moment, he said when that didn’t deter the man. Finally, when it became apparent the server wasn’t going to leave without delivering the subpoena, the man asked his wife to present herself.

She made an appearance the server likely won’t soon forget.

She allegedly pushed him in the face, causing him to lose his balance, then pushed him off her porch. He told an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy she ripped off his identification badge.

So, lying on the ground on his back, he threw the subpoena at her and told she’d been served. According to report, she responded by wadding up the papers and throwing them at him.

Deputies who responded after the server called in a report found the evidence to support his statements – his ID badge and the wadded up subpoena – in a flower bed, and charged the woman with assault and battery.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on May 12 in the 2000 block of PIne Bluffs Court.

The process server declined medical treatment.

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