Court quashes bench warrant for teen accused in disruptive Beltline crash

Avion Howard
Background: A traffic camera view of a crash involving a reportedly stolen vehicle on the Beltline. Courtesy: WisDOT. Foreground: Avion Howard mugshot. Courtesy: Dane County Jail.

MADISON, Wis. — Court officials have quashed a bench warrant for a teen accused of crashing a stolen car on the Beltline during rush hour earlier this year.

The warrant was first issued for 19-year-old Avion Howard after he failed to appear for a court hearing in July, according to online court records. Howard is charged with driving a vehicle without consent and resisting an officer.

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Howard appeared in court Monday for a hearing alongside his attorney who previously filed a motion to quash the warrant. Prosecutors didn’t argue against it, and Dane County Judge Josann Reynolds ultimately ruled in Howard’s favor.

As a condition of his bond, Reynolds ordered Howard be held on a $500 cash bond. He was also ordered not to drive any vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

Howard was one of six teens arrested in March after they crashed a stolen car on the Beltline near the Yahara River in the middle of rush hour. Video from the scene appears to show the teens running from the scene in front of oncoming traffic. No one was hit or injured.

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His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m.