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Two Men Charged in Connection With Possible Hate Crime

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jul 15, 2013

HOLLAND, Mich. — Gregory Lambers, 19, and Steven Boeve, 19, were charged in Holland’s district court today.

They’re accused of leading police on a high speed chase, after vandalizing a man’s SUV.

That SUV belongs to Wayne Coleman. Early Sunday morning, Coleman said he woke up to the sound of breaking glass. He and his wife own and operate the Center for African American Art and History, in Holland.

The couple lives upstairs above the museum.  Coleman said he heard someone cursing and yelling the N-word. He spotted a man breaking windows on his SUV in his parking lot.
Before Coleman called the police, an officer was already on the way.

Captain Jack Dykstra said that officer heard the breaking glass from a block away.  He said Lambers and Boeve led the officer on a high speed chase down 16th street. The suspects crashed their vehicle near US 31. One of the suspects were taken to the hospital with head injuries.

Dykstra said this may be investigated as a hate crime.

Lambers was charged with fleeing and eluding, as well as operating while intoxicated. Boeve was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, as well as a probation violation charge. Dykstra said ‘malicious destruction of property’ charges are also being sought.

Coleman questioned the timing of the vandalism, which occurred just hours after the Zimmerman verdict was delivered.

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