Lemoore Councilmember Holly Blair was arrested a little after 2:30 p.m. on June 5 after she drove through the Lemoore Police Department parking lot at high speeds and evaded officers, according to a press release.
Lemoore police officers and community members were in the rear parking lot of the police department preparing for a procession to Hanford.
An LPD Chaplain was preparing to start his journey by traveling across the country meeting with other police agencies sharing information on the importance of mental health awareness in law enforcement.
At 2:14 p.m., a 2008 Honda Pilot driven by Blair pulled into the rear parking lot at a high rate of speed. Officers shouted for her to stop.
She drove to the end of the parking lot, made a turn within the parking lot and accelerated at a high rate of speed. Officers estimated her speed to be around 25 to 30 miles per hour in the lot, said Lemoore Police Chief Darrell Smith.
Officers continued to shout and then turned their directives to other officers to get their attention as they were in the path of the speeding vehicle. Officers began to pursue the vehicle.
Blair drove eastbound at a high rate of speed on W. Cinnamon traveling through stop signed intersections, not stopping and with no regard to public safety. A juvenile was seen in the back seat of the vehicle.
Blair's vehicle finally stopped on W. Cinnamon approaching N. Lemoore Ave. She was given multiple verbal commands and did not comply.
Blair was ultimately arrested and booked at the Kings County Jail for:
- Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon
- Two counts of child endangerment
- Reckless driving
- Evading a peace officer
- Resisting arrest
Her bail was set at $195,000 and she was bailed out Thursday.
This is an active investigation with many more witnesses to be interviewed, Smith said.
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