Justice Action Network executive director, former Comer campaign manager Holly Harris charged with suspicion of DUI

08/25/2017 03:39 PM

Holly Harris, a veteran of Frankfort and Washington, D.C., politics, was arrested on Wednesday in Lexington under suspicion of driving under the influence.

Harris reportedly struck a parked vehicle at low speed on Wednesday night at the corner of Alexandria Drive and Cambridge Drive in Lexington, according to a collision report. Lexington police were flagged to the scene of the incident where a spokesperson says Harris was still in the driver’s seat of a Toyota RAV4.

A Lexington police officer reportedly found Harris “very confused and disoriented,” according to the spokesperson, who read the collision report to Pure Politics.

The officer reported “a strong odor of alcohol” from Harris and conducted a field sobriety test. Harris “performed poorly” in that test, according to the spokesperson, reading from the collision report.

Harris was taken into custody and booked in to the Fayette County Detention Center and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

A breath test was conducted at the detention center, but the test came back as a “deficient sample,” according to the report. The officer then requested a blood alcohol test which Harris reportedly declined.

Harris’ car and the parked Toyota Camry she reportedly hit suffered minor bumper damage.

A phone call to Harris seeking comment was not answered on Friday.

Harris is an attorney, a conservative spokesperson and strategist, according to her bio with the Justice Action Network, a 501©4 which seeks to bring together Democrats and Republicans to make the justice system more effective and cost-efficient.

Harris previously worked at the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and served as chief of staff for former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and later served as campaign manager during his 2015 run for governor. Harris has held other senior leadership roles for Kentucky elected officials. She was appointed general counsel to the Republican Party of Kentucky and also held communications and fundraising roles, according to her bio.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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