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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:               July 17, 2017      
Case:              Motorcycle Accident - 2017-26445   
Authority:       Lt. Tim Kemps 408/1086

A 19 year old Village of Germantown man was critically injured in a single vehicle motorcycle accident that occurred on STH 167/Holy Hill Rd west of CTH CC in the Town of Erin.  On 07/17/17 at approximately 8:20 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident with injuries that was possibly involving several motorcycles.

The Richfield Fire Department and Rescue along with sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. Flight For Life Emergency Medical Transport was also called to assist due to the seriousness of the injuries. The operator was transported from the scene of the accident to Friess Lake School in the Village of Richfield where Flight For Life subsequently transported him to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The investigation revealed that the operator was travelling eastbound on STH 167 with a group of motorcycles. The victim was the lead motorcycle in the group and failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the roadway and drove into the ditch on the westbound side. The operator was ejected from the motorcycle. The group that he was travelling with as well as other witnesses stopped to render aid to the injured driver. The driver was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Date:               July 6, 2017      
Case:              Fatal Accident Update - 2017-24878   
Authority:       Sgt. Chad Beres 

The 19-year old village of Kewaskum resident from yesterday’s fatal accident was identified as RUBEN PADILLA-CASTANEDA.  A correction to yesterday’s information – this was Washington County’s 3rd traffic fatality of the year; the 2nd investigated by the Sheriff’s Office.

Date:               July 5, 2017      
Case:              Fatal Accident - 2017-24878       
Authority:       Sgt. Chad Beres 

Today at 5:00am the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Indian Lore Road and E. Newark Drive in the Town of Trenton. The caller reported a single vehicle struck a tree and there was a person on the ground who appeared to be unresponsive.  Boltonville Fire Department and Kewaskum Rescue were dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

When the first Sheriff’s Deputy arrived he located the vehicle up against a tree about 45 feet south of the paved portion of the roadway. He also located the unresponsive subject on the ground and determined the subject was deceased.  The evidence on the scene indicated the vehicle was southbound on Indian Lore Road and failed to negotiate the 90 degree curve where Indian Lore Road turns into Newark Drive; driving off the south shoulder of Newark Drive and striking the tree head-on ejecting the driver (sole occupant) of the vehicle.    

The operator was a 19-year old village of Kewaskum resident. This was Washington County’s 2nd traffic fatality of the year.  There is no further information being released at this time and the investigation is on-going.






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