Hours after Steven Brooks was expelled from the Nevada Legislature, he was arrested in California after a high-speed chase.
Brooks was arrested by Barstow Police about 7 p.m. Thursday on charges of evading and resisting arrest, throwing objects from his vehicle and harming a police dog.
Brooks is accused of hitting a police dog with a wrench. Officers used a Taser stun gun on Brooks during the arrest.
According to police, the chase began after Brooks refused to pay a tow truck driver after his SUV got a flat tire on Interstate 15 near Lenwood Road. As one officer was talking to the truck driver, Brooks began walking “at a fast pace” toward his car.
Officers ordered Brooks to stop, but he got into the car and began driving south on I-15, police said.
Brooks was driving with a flat tire and sparks and smoke were coming from his car, police said. Officers from California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase.
Brooks stopped the car after running over a spike strip, police said, and eventually exited the car. But he went back inside after police sent canine officer “Buck” after him.
Buck jumped through the rear window of Brooks’ car and began attacking him, police said. Brooks then choked Buck and hit him with the socket wrench, police said.
According to the Victorville Daily Press citing an unnamed California Highway Patrol official, Brooks threw several objects, including a handgun, out the window of his SUV as officers chased him.
Barstow police didn’t mention a handgun in their report. California Highway Patrol refused comment on the arrest.
Witnesses filmed the arrest, which shows one officer throwing several punches. It’s unclear which officer threw punches. Barstow Police Officer William Spiller made the arrest.
Brooks, a Democrat from District 17 in North Las Vegas, did not attend the Assembly session in Carson City in which he was expelled in a voice vote.
Brooks is currently being held on $100,000 bail. His court date is set for Tuesday.
Brooks’ troubles began with a Jan. 19 arrest on allegations he threatened Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick because of his committee assignments.
Brooks still faces criminal charges, including a felony, stemming from a domestic violence arrest involving his wife in February. The Kirkpatrick matter is still under review by the Nevada attorney general’s office.
A few days after his Jan. 19 arrest, Brooks was hospitalized for a mental evaluation after a disturbance at his grandmother’s house involving a sword.
Well, now that his political career is over, what’s next, a gig at MSNBC?