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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:               November 22, 2017
Case:             
Injury Accident - 2017-43976
Authority:      
Sgt. Chad Beres 

Today at 8:56am the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle accident in the area of Highway 33 and N. Oak Rd in the Town of Trenton. Callers reported a possible head-on collision and a subject with a head injury.   West Bend Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival there were two vehicles in the center of the roadway; a SUV with no damage and a Ford Focus with severe front end damage and the operator was still inside. There was also a cargo type van with severe front end damage off the road in the south ditch line.  The operator of the Ford Focus was extricated from the vehicle and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was going to be flown via Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital due to the extent of his injuries.  

Through the investigation and witness statements it was learned that westbound traffic was stopped due to highway maintenance being conducted by the Washington County Highway Shop. The van was westbound and the operator didn’t see the stopped traffic so the operator swerved into the eastbound lane to avoid rear ending the vehicle in front of him.  At this time eastbound traffic was moving and the Ford Focus was struck head-on by the van.  There was warning signage posted in both directions notifying motorists of the road work and the presence of flagmen. 

The driver of the van is a 21 year-old Mequon man and he will be cited for Inattentive Driving. The operator of the Ford Focus is a 55 year-old West Bend man and we have no updated information on his condition.  There is no further information to release at this time.


Date:         November 22, 2017
Case:         #17-43951
Authority:  Lt. Tim Kemps

On 11/22/17 at 2:46 AM the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a passing motorist of a vehicle on its side, in a field on CTH K north of CTH E in the Town of Hartford. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office dispatched sheriff’s deputies as well as requested assistance from the City of Hartford Police Department to respond and check for any possible injuries. Upon arrival, a single male occupant was found to be trapped in the car. The Hartford Fire Department as well as Hartford EMS were dispatched to the scene.

The driver, a 20 year old City of Hartford man suffered serious leg injuries as a result of the accident. Flight for Life Helicopter out of Waukesha was requested to respond to Aurora Medical Center in Hartford due to the nature of the injuries and the prolonged extrication at the scene. The victim was transported by Flight for Life to Aurora Summit Medical Center.

The investigation showed that the driver was driving southbound on CTH K when he lost control and drove off road right and eventually rolled the vehicle. The driver told investigators that he was driving around in his car consuming alcoholic beverages. He indicated that while he was drinking a beer he fell asleep which resulted in him losing control. He was arrested for absolute sobriety as a result. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.


Date:          November 13, 2017
Case:         #17-42713
Authority:  Lt. Robert Stuesser

On Monday, November 13, 2017 at approximately 11:21 a.m., the owner of a single family residence located in the 8500 block of Fairview Dr., Town of Wayne, contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to report that a dehumidifier in her basement was on fire.  Deputies and firefighters from the Kohlsville Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.  Assistance was also requested from the Allenton, Campbellsport, Kewaskum, Lomira, St. Lawrence, Theresa, and West Bend Fire Departments.  Upon their arrival, deputies observed light to moderate smoke emitting from the residence.   

Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a small fire in the basement.  There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injury.  Fairview Dr. between Wayne Center Dr. and Wilson Dr. was closed to through traffic for approximately 1.5 hours to facilitate overhaul and clean-up operations.  The residence sustained approximately $15,000.00 in smoke damage.  

An on scene investigation revealed the following:  A homeowner unplugged a portable dehumidifier after hearing it make a strange noise.  A short time later, the homeowner observed that the dehumidifier had started on fire.  The homeowner ran upstairs, called 911, and exited the residence.  The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious.           

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