LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The man who killed four teens in a 2008 crash while fleeing from police has been arraigned on new charges. Herbert Lee is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing from police, resisting arrest, assault, escaping, two counts of criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license.
On the night of December 18, 2008, Lee was driving a stolen car that he crashed while fleeing from Louisville Metro Police. After initially stopping, Lee sped off as police approached the car. He crashed into a tree on S. First Street just south of Hill Street killing his four passengers - Aaron Shields, Jemar, Demar, and Marc Claybrooks.
The Claybrooks and Shields had been attending a Youth Alive event at the now-closed Presbyterian Community Center. Lee was asked by a staff member to give the boys a ride home because the van that brought them to the event was full.
Alsharonda Hampton, stepmother of the Claybrooks, said she's afraid Lee will hurt another person.
"All he knows is to be a criminal but hopefully you could change," said Hampton. "It's something he would have to want to do at this point because I feel like the community has reached out to help and you haven't used that, so until you're ready, nothing is going to change you."
On the afternoon of February 3, Metro police saw Lee driving a stolen vehicle on Broadway at 22nd Street. Officers stayed behind the car for several blocks until Lee jumped out in the 1800 block of Magazine and started running. Lee was found hiding inside a van that wasn't his behind a house in the 1800 block of W. Madison.
While being taken to Louisville Metro Corrections, Lee kicked out the rear window of the police car, climbed out the window and started to flee. His arrest report says Lee stated to officers that he was being set up "for killing those four kids in that one stolen car."
The report says Lee was also found to have a suspended license and was in possession of two bags of marijuana.
Lee is being held on a $5,000 bond and will be back in court Friday, February 14.
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