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Williams, left, and Leuaxay

Dane County Jail

Editor's note: Charges against passenger John Leuaxay were dismissed on April 25, 2018. See related story here.


Two of three men identified by police as being involved in a bizarre shooting and car crash incident early Saturday on Madison’s East Side were charged Tuesday for their alleged involvement in the incident, although a criminal complaint sheds little light on the shooting and what led to the crash.

Warren Williams, 28, of Madison, who police said was driving a car that crashed into a house in the 2500 block of Coolidge Street, was charged with being a party to second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving causing great bodily harm and two counts of bail jumping, for the incident that happened shortly after midnight on Saturday.

John K. Leuaxay, 25, of Madison, was charged with being a party to second-degree reckless endangerment.

The reckless endangerment charges involve a gunshot that entered a home in the 700 block of North Oak Street and narrowly missed a man who was asleep in bed. Police followed the track of the bullet through the home, the complaint states, as it went through walls and a door, finding the nearly-intact bullet inside a George Foreman grill atop the refrigerator in the kitchen.

A third man, identified by police on Saturday as Darryl Miller, 24, remained hospitalized with what was described in the complaint as injuries that could cause paralysis. He was not charged Tuesday, but Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that police have probable cause to arrest him on charges similar to the other two men.

Williams and Leuaxay were both jailed on $20,000 bail after appearing in court Tuesday.

According to the complaint:

After the crash into the home, police arrived to find Miller lying across the trunk of a car being tended to by bystanders, and Leuaxay, still in the back seat of a Nissan Altima that was found to be registered to Williams, who had fled. Police found a .45 caliber handgun up against the firewall on the front passenger side of the car. The gun appeared to have been fired until it was empty.

Outside the car, police also found a bag containing smaller baggies that contained suspected crack cocaine. Leuaxay told police that Miller had been in the front passenger seat, but answered “I don’t know anything” to most other questions.

A witness told police that he heard the sound of a car sliding sideways, then looked to see the car go over the curb and hit two parked cars. He said he saw a man get out of the car and walk away.

Just before the crash, police had also received reports of 10 to 12 shots fired rapidly in the area, followed by the sounds of a speeding car and a crash. Police checking the area in the 700 block of North Oak Street found seven bullet casings, all .45 caliber. That was when they learned that a bullet had entered the home on North Oak Street.

Williams was later reported arriving at St. Mary’s Hospital, telling police there that he had “bullet holes in my face,” but said he didn’t know how he got them. He said he couldn’t remember anything. Another court document states that the injuries to Williams’ face were from the crash.

Ed Treleven is the courts reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.