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California judge sets trial date for former assemblyman

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 7/23/2013 5:03 pm

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KSNV -- A judge ruled this morning that former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks must go trial to answer for the slew of felonies against him.

Officer William Spiller of the Barstow Police Department testified about what happened.

He said on March 28, Brooks was arguing with a tow truck driver about fixing a flat tire.

After Spiller arrived, he said Brooks looked disheveled and out of it. Then he says Brooks got in his car and took off.

The pursuit lasted about 20 minutes and went about 23 miles reaching speeds of 80 mph.

Spiller said at one point Brooks stopped his truck perpendicular to officers and flipped them the middle finger before continuing. A spike strip was used to stop the truck, and Brooks was arrested after fighting with officers.

Brooks' defense attorney tried to have a couple charges dismissed others reduced to misdemeanors, but those requests all denied by the judge.

Brooks, 41, has been in a San Bernardino County jail since his March 28 arrest along Interstate 15 in Victorville.

That came the same day Nevada lawmakers voted to expel the Democrat from the Legislature following his streak of erratic behavior.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of evading an officer, resisting police, throwing a substance at a vehicle and harming a police animal.

He is scheduled to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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