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In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).



DATE:             12-25-2017
CASE:             2017-48344

On Monday, December 25, 2017, at 12:55 am, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office of a vehicle pursuit southbound on I-41 that would be entering Washington County. The vehicle was reported as stolen from Winnebago County.  Law Enforcement successfully utilized tire deflation devices, however the vehicle continued at high speeds.

The pursuit entered Washington County with two Deputies joining Fond du lac County Deputies, and a State Trooper. While travelling southbound in the Town of Polk, just south of Hwy 144, the suspect drove through the median going northbound in the northbound lanes.  Then, north of the Hwy 144 overpass, the suspect crossed through the median again but drove north in the southbound lanes.

At this time, a Washington County Sheriff’s Supervisor who was monitoring the pursuit from a distance behind was stopped on the southbound west shoulder. After re-entering the roadway, the suspect veered and drove straight toward the supervisor’s squad.  The supervisor exited his squad, running to the rear as the suspect drove into the squad’s front driver side, and alongside of the squad.  The supervisor fired shots at the suspect and the suspect stopped his car.  Other officers then tased the suspect and removed him from the car.  The suspect was not struck by any bullets.  He received only very minor injuries from the crash.

The West Bend Police Department is investigating the Sheriff’s supervisor use of force and WSP is investigating the crash scene and reconstruction. The suspect, a 25 year old man from Appleton, will face multiple charges in several jurisdictions, related to the pursuit and crash.  The supervisor will be on paid Administrative Leave pending the investigation.

Date:            12-22-17      
Subject:       Barn Fire Town of Addison (17-48039)
Authority:    Lt.Tim Kemps 408  

On Friday, December 22nd 2017 at approximately 4:15am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a small barn fire located at 5828 CTH W in the Town of Addison. The 911 caller was a passerby who noticed smoke and flames coming from an old milk parlor which was located next to the main barn on the property. After calling 911, the caller stopped his car and woke up the property owner. The Allenton Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with sheriff’s deputies.

Within moments of the first arriving deputy, the fire jumped from the old milking parlor to the main barn. That barn quickly became fully engulfed with flames. The fire also caused smoke and heat damage to a 3 car metal pull barn located next to the main barn as well as the residential three car garage. The milk parlor as well as the main barn were total losses.  The barn was used for storage.  The contents of the metal pull barn were saved.

The Allenton Fire Department was assisted by the Hartford, Iron Ridge, Slinger, St. Lawrence, Theresa, West Bend, and Woodland Fire Departments.

Traffic on CTH W was shut down for 2 hours while firefighters battled the blaze. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature.  There was a heat lamp as well as heated water dish in the milking parlor for the homeowner's cats in the area where the fire started.  There were no injuries as a result of the fire.


Date:            12-14-17
Subject:       Injury accident on Highway 41 (17-47140)   
Authority:    Lt.Tim Kemps 408 

On 12/14/2017 at approximately 8:37pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a rollover accident with injuries on I41 northbound just north of Pioneer Road in the Town of Polk. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies as well as the Jackson Fire Department/EMS were dispatched to the scene.

The accident occurred when a northbound vehicle, driven by an 80 year old City of Hartford man began to merge into the slow lane and struck the rear portion of a semi-tractor trailer that was travelling northbound in the slow lane. The vehicle then lost control and began to roll over prior to coming to rest in slow lane of I41. Another semi that was in the area at the time of the accident, stopped and provided scene safety by blocking the accident scene from oncoming traffic with his semi and setting up orange hazard triangles to warn oncoming motorists.

The driver of the vehicle suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident. Due to the nature of the injuries, Flight for Life was requested to the scene. While flying to the scene they encountered weather that required them to return to their base. The 80 year old Hartford man was subsequently transported by Jackson Rescue to Froedtert Hospital. He was not wearing a seatbelt. No one else was injured in the crash.

The slow lane on I41 as well as the onramp to I41 northbound at Pioneer were shut down for approximately an hour and a half to facilitate the investigation and scene cleanup.

Date: 12-13-17      
Subject: Injury accident on Highway 41 (17-47031)   
Authority:  Sgt. Uhan 416

On Wednesday, December 13, at 11:21 pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an injury accident located on Highway 41 approximately a half mile south of Highway 60 in the Village of Slinger. A Slinger Police Officer advised that he had been struck head on with a vehicle that had gone off the roadway on Highway 41 northbound. He further advised that the same vehicle had drifted into the southbound lanes of Highway 41, after striking him, and was struck by another vehicle. Due to the multiple crash scene, injuries, and debris, Highway 41 southbound was shut down for about an hour to facilitate towing and roadway clean up.

Lifestar Rescue, Slinger Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Slinger Police, and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene. The Slinger officer and a 56 year old Horicon woman were transported to area hospitals for minor injuries.

A preliminary investigation into the cause of the accident revealed that the Horicon woman had lost control of her vehicle, possibly due to a slippery spot on the road, and struck the Slinger Officer who had been parked in the emergency turn around. A 19 year old Illinois man struck the Horicon woman after her vehicle drifted into the southbound lanes of Highway 41. After the Illinois man struck the vehicle, his vehicle rolled onto its side on the shoulder of Highway 41. He was not injured.


DATE:                        December 11th 2017
INCIDENT:                2017-46447
AUTHORITY :           Capt. Bruce Theusch

On December 9th, 2017 at 6:21 pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence on Main St. in the Village of Newburg reporting a man trapped underneath a vehicle.  Upon arrival, authorities found a 52 year male trapped underneath the vehicle and not breathing. The individual was freed by Newburg Fire/Rescue.  Life saving measures were attempted, however they were unsuccessful and the individual was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates the individual was working underneath a vehicle, supported by jacks and jack stands, when the vehicle fell onto the man.  It is unknown at this time how long the man was trapped prior to being found by a family member.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation and no further details are being released at this time.  Foul play does not appear to be a factor.

Newburg and Trenton Police Departments assisted at the scene.


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