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Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks in Barstow court after wild police pursuit

Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arraignment Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after allegedly leading authorities in a high-speed chase in California.
April 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Steven Brooks made laws in Nevada, but Tuesday, he faced the law in California.

The former Nevada assemblyman appeared via video for his arraignment in Barstow Superior Court on three felonies and one misdemeanor.

Brooks, 41, was arrested near Victorville last Thursday after leading authorities on high-speed chase. According to a witness, Brooks struggled with officers who had to use force to subdue him.

Brooks' arrest came just hours after Nevada state lawmakers voted to expel him from office. The unprecedented move was the result of Brooks' increasingly odd behavior in which he was accused of threatening fellow lawmakers.

Following his removal, Brooks drove to California, got into an altercation with a tow truck driver in Barstow, then fled when police arrived. Brooks, who served four years as a state assemblyman, is now facing up to five years in state prison.

The charges filed included felony evading, felony use of force to resist an officer, felony through an object with intent to cause injury and a misdemeanor charge injury to a police dog.

During the proceedings, Brooks said he was on his way to seek psychiatric treatment when he was arrested. He also asked that his $100,000 bail be reduced.

"Can we decrease that a little bit your honor? I'm planning on going psychiatric treatment," Brooks told the judge.

Brooks is due back in court April 9. At that time, bail reduction may be considered.


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