BARSTOW, Calif. (KSNV MyNews3) – Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks will face another hearing next week in relation to charges of his arrest Thursday after a high-speed pursuit on a California highway.
Brooks was in court this afternoon in California, facing charges of resisting a peace officer with force, willful harm to a police-serving dog, felony evading and throwing objects from a vehicle with intent to harm. He will return to court April 9.
Brooks asked for a reduction on his $100,000 bail because his family wants to take him in for a psychiatric evaluation.
Police say a tow truck driver had accused Brooks of trying to defraud him because he had not provided him with payment or any form of identification. Brooks walked away from an officer and took off in his vehicle, which had sustained a flat tire, on southbound Interstate 15.
Other police departments helped in the Brooks pursuit. A spike strip was used to stop Brooks’ vehicle, and he pulled over north of Stoddard Wells Road.
Brooks was subdued with punches and a Taser, arrested at gunpoint and jailed in California's San Bernardino County after police say he attacked a police dog with a wrench.
His arrest Thursday was his third since January and came just hours after the Nevada Assembly expelled him. Lawmakers wept Thursday as they cited concerns about their own safety and evidence collected about an increasingly bizarre series of public incidents.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.