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Lemoore City Councilwoman Holly Blair arrested, released from jail

UPDATE (June 6, 2019): Lemoore City Councilwoman Holly Blair was released from Kings County Jail at 1:56 p.m. on Thursday.

Officials with the Kings County Jail could not confirm whether Blair posted the $195,000 bail assigned to her alleged offenses.

Blair was arrested on suspicion of five felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from a high-speed chase that began outside the Lemoore Police Department compound Wednesday afternoon.

ORIGINAL (June 5, 2019): Lemoore City Councilwoman Holly Blair was arrested Wednesday by the Lemoore Police Department.

Blair, 37, was charged with 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.

“We can’t explain what her intent was when she came into the rear compound,” Lemoore Police Chief Darrell Smith said during a press conference Wednesday night.

In a press conference Wednesday night, Smith said Blair’s conduct was “very bizarre” based on conversations with the officers who interacted with her.

Bail was originally set at $120,000 for the array of charges. It was upgraded to $195,000 by Wednesday night.

The police department said that officers, along with other agencies, were in the rear parking lot of Lemoore Police Department preparing for a mental health awareness procession to Hanford when Blair, driving a 2008 Honda Pilot, pulled into the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

Officers shouted at the vehicle to stop and began their pursuit. They identified the driver as Blair.

Blair drove through stop signs on W. Cinnamon, disregarding public safety, the police department said.

The police department stopped and arrested Blair at 18th and Cinnamon streets, according to a source. In her vehicle was a dog and a young boy.

Blair has represented District E since 2016. Her first term expires December 31, 2020.

The Kings County Sheriff’s Office released Blair’s mugshot Wednesday night:

WATCH:

Blair’s Husband Reacts

Paul Blair, Andrade Blair’s husband, took to Facebook on Wednesday evening to vent his frustration.

“If there is a hell, Darrell Smith will burn in it,” he wrote in a now-deleted post.

In a string of comments Heidi Lanza, Holly Blair’s sister, and Paul Blair allege that the incident may have been planned.

Editor’s Note: Please be advised of explicit language.

The Sun’s Alex Tavlian contributed to this report.

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.