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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).

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17-Year Old Charged in Dangerous Pursuit
A 17-year-old Town of Farmington male was charged as an adult and released from custody on a $10,000 signature bond in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday with Second Degree Reckless Endangering Safety and Fleeing, both felonies. He was also cited for marijuana/paraphernalia possession. Dresden Fritsch was arrested early Saturday morning after Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop him. A patrol sergeant was driving on I41 in the Village of Germantown when he observed a car approaching him from behind at a high rate of speed around 1:30 am. As the car approached the squad the speed reduced drastically. The squad exited USH 45 near Pioneer Road and re-entered the highway immediately and observed that the vehicle had again drastically increased speed. Dresden’s car was paced at 90 mph.
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Fatal Farm Accident
On 01-27-2024 at 1:52pm, the Washington County Sheriff's Office Communication Center took a 911 call reporting a farm accident on Cty Hwy E near Hwy CC. Deputies, along with Hartford Fire and Rescue began responding to the location.
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Community Notification
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense.
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Tactical Incident
TOWN OF WEST BEND, WI - At 8:14 AM on January 16, 2024, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 5700 block of Debbie La in the town of West Bend at the request of the West Bend Police Department. The police department was actively investigating a violation of a temporary restraining order that allegedly included pointing and placing the barrel of a handgun directly onto a victim.
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House Fire
On January 17, 2024 at approximately 2:19 am, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at a single family residence in the 3600 block of Mayfield Road in the Town of Polk. The fire was reported by the property owner. The caller advised there was an electrical fire in the attic of the two-story residence. The caller was able to use a fire extinguisher to assist in suppressing the fire.
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Pursuit and Apprehension of Fugitive
On Thursday, January 4, 2024, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting follow-up investigation with our colleagues from Wisconsin State Patrol regarding the whereabouts of a 43-year old Rockford, Illinois male that is a wanted fugitive (two extraditable arrest warrants from Illinois) that was also identified as the alleged operator of a vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit with Wisconsin State Patrol and Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies on January 2, 2024
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