Steven Brooks Arrested Hours After Nevada Expulsion
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Former Dem Lawmaker ARRESTED Hours After Historic Expulsion.
LAS VEGAS — A former Nevada state lawmaker who had been expelled from the Assembly hours earlier led authorities in California on a high-speed freeway chase before he was shocked with a stun gun and arrested on charges including resisting arrest, authorities said Friday.
Steven Brooks, 41, was arrested at about 7 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 15 outside the city of Victorville after a 15-mile chase that exceeded speeds of 80 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Don Spiker said.
It was Brooks' third arrest since January, and the second involving allegations that he fought with police. He was expelled from the Legislature on Thursday, after lawmakers cited concerns about their own safety around him.
Authorities say Brooks got in an argument with a tow truck operator, fled in an SUV, tangled with uniformed officers on the side of the road and attacked a police dog with a wrench. Officers approached his vehicle with guns drawn, and Brooks appeared to be punched by one of the officers before he was shackled by the wrists and ankles on an ambulance gurney.
Barstow police said Brooks and the tow operator argued about Brooks' unwillingness to pay for fixing a flat tire on the freeway in Barstow.
"We just know the tow truck driver was uncomfortable enough to call us for assistance," Spiker said. "He said the subject was acting strange."
The tow operator didn't immediately respond Friday to messages from The Associated Press.
Brooks' arrest came the same day he became the first lawmaker in Nevada history to be expelled from the Legislature.
It disappointed his lawyer, who has been representing Brooks through a series of sometimes bizarre legal and psychological incidents, and who had been fighting to keep the two-term Democratic state lawmaker in his elected seat representing a North Las Vegas district.
"We had started to discuss possible next steps," attorney Mitchell Posin said, ref