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Barstow police use Taser to subdue expelled legislator

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Updated: 3/29/2013 4:47 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Hours after his historic expulsion from the Nevada Assembly, former legislator Steven Brooks was arrested Thursday night in California.

San Berardino (Calif.) County records confirm that Brooks was arrested on Interstate 15 after taking several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase.

California Highway Patrol officials say Brooks threw metal objects out of his window at police.

Police had to use spike strips to stop the vehicle, after which officials surrounded the SUV. Brooks was placed in restraints and taken away on a gurney.

According to a news release from the Barstow Police Department, Brooks was arrested for resisting a peace officer with force, willful harm to a police service dog, felony evading and for throwing objects from a vehicle.

Officers were sent to investigate a disturbance involving a tow truck driver and a motorist on the Southbound Interstate 15 near Lenwood Road.

When officers arrived they spoke to the tow truck driver who said that a man, now identified as Brooks, was not providing him with payment or proper identification and was trying to defraud him.

Brooks was speaking with one officer and then began walking toward his SUV. The officer ordered Brooks to stop but Brooks ignored him and got inside his vehicle, turned on the ignition and drove away at a high rate of speed. Officers began pursuit.

Brooks' vehicle had a flat tire, and as he was fleeing, sparks and smoke emitted from his vehicle. CHP used a spike strip to successfully stop Brooks' vehicle.

Brooks was ordered to exit his vehicle and did not immediately comply. Brooks got out of his car but, according to police, was acting irrationally and not complying with officers' orders.

Police then commanded a police canine, Buck, to subdue Brooks. Brooks ran back into his vehicle, and Buck entered a rear window of the vehicle to apprehend Brooks. Brooks began choking the dog and was hitting him with a metal socket wrench.

Officers attempted to place handcuffs on Brooks and as Brooks continued to resist, police used a Taser to subdue him. Brooks was then handcuffed and taken into custody.

Medical personnel arrived at the scene and treated Brooks, who was then transported to Barstow Community Hospital for pre-booking medical exam.

Brooks was then taken to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he was booked.

Police dog Buck sustained a laceration above his right eye and to his leg. He was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and was released.

Brooks' attorney says he does not know why Brooks was on Interstate 15 in California just hours after he was expelled from the state Legislature.

Attorney Mitchell Posin told The Associated Press that he had no details of the arrest.

Records show Brooks was taken to a San Bernardino County jail in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on $100,000 bail.

The Nevada Assembly voted Thursday morning to oust Brooks, after Assembly Majority Leader William Horne called him "potentially dangerous" and said lawmakers didn't feel safe with him in the building.

This is the third time Brooks has been arrested since January.


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