HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Holland authorities are investigating what may be a hate crime linked to two 19-year-old suspects who led police on a car chase and then crashed at a local business.
An officer on patrol heard glass breaking at 16th Street and Central Avenue around 3:50 a.m. Saturday, according to the Holland Department of Public Safety. He investigated and saw a vehicle leaving a parking lot.
The vehicle sped off, headed east on 16th Street, and the officer chased him. Near US-31, the suspect lost control of his vehicle, running off the side of the road and hitting some landscaping and then a motor home in the parking lot of Holland Motor Home.
Two suspects from the crashed vehicle then took off on foot, but were soon arrested. The driver of the vehicle sustained a head injury in the crash, according to police, and was treated at Holland Community Hospital.
The suspects -- both 19-year-old males from Holland Township -- were arrested on various charges and arraigned Monday.
Gregory Joseph Lambers was charged with felony fleeing and eluding and operating while intoxicated. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
Steven Darwin Boeve was charged with a Circuit Court probation violation and felony resisting and obstructing police. Bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety.
Police later found another vehicle had been damaged in the area of the parking lot at 16th Street and Central Avenue. The owner of that vehicle reported the damage after he was also awoken by the same noise that caught the officer's attention.
Police are investigating that as a case of malicious destruction of property and as a hate crime. More charges may follow.
Anyone with information about is asked to call police at 616.355.1100 or detective directly at 616.355.1150. Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at 1.877.887.4536.
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