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Kings County DA files charges against Lemoore Councilwoman Blair

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Lemoore City Councilwoman Holly Blair on Monday. Her arraignment is set for July 5. 

The law firm Melo and Sarsfield, LLP was representing Blair up to this point. Attorney John Sarsfield told The Sun that the firm is no longer representing Blair in the case.

The prosecutors are charging Blair with four felonies and three misdemeanors. The felonies are three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of evading a peace officer. 

The misdemeanors are cruelty to a child by endangering health; resisting, delaying and obstructing a peace officer; and reckless driving. 

Blair was arrested on June 5 following a high-speed chase that started in the Lemoore Police Department parking lot

Police said Blair drove into the parking lot at a high rate of speed, then exited the parking lot with police pursuing her. 

The police said Blair drove through multiple stop signs and disregarded public safety. 

Blair’s 13-year-old son was with her in the car. They were on their way to his eighth grade promotion, her attorney Marguerite Melo previously told The Sun. 

Blair was initially arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts felony child endangerment, one count of resisting arrest, one count of reckless driving and one count felony reckless evading.

Her Bail was set at $195,000, and she was released from jail the following day. 

The charges name Crystal Giles as one of the victims.

Giles told The Sun that Blair came within inches of running her nine-year-old daughter over in the Lemoore PD parking lot. Giles was about to embark on a memorial procession for her late husband, Lemoore Police Cpl. Jon Giles. 

The charges also named Lemoore Police Officer Kevin Cosper as a victim. 

Blair has not attended a city council meeting since May 7. 

Read the Kings County District Attorney’s Criminal Complaint

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.