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2 arrested on Wahpeton traffic stop

DCSO arrested two people on a traffic stop on the evening of Nov 1. A Sheriff's Deputy stopped the vehicle in Wahpeton for failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver, Sarah Farrell (33) of Spirit Lake, was found to be in violation of a protection order with a passenger of the vehicle. A passenger, Joshua Carlson (33) of Spirit Lake, was arrested for aiding and abetting the violation of a protection order and interference with official acts for giving Sheriff's Deputies a false name. A vehicle inventory was performed and controlled substance (to wit: marijuana) was found.


Both were booked into the Dickinson County Jail on the following charges:

Sarah Farrell

  • Violation of a protection order
  • Possession of a controlled substance - Marijuana
  • Failure to obey a stop sign

Joshua Carlson

  • Aiding and abetting the violation of a protection order
  • Interference with official acts

DCSO was assisted on scene by the DCSO K-9 Unit

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Location & Contact Info

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Physical Address
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1200
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

(t) 712-336-2793
(f) 712-336-1946