Troubled former Nevada lawmaker to be arraigned
- Associated Press
- April 2, 2013 - 3:25 AM
BARSTOW, Calif. - A former Nevada lawmaker who police say led them on a freeway chase that ended with a violent struggle hours was after he was ousted from office for wild behavior is due in a California court Tuesday.
Steven Brooks became the first person in Nevada history to be voted out of office by his colleagues in the Legislature last week after they cited concerns for their safety and a bizarre series of public incidents.
Brooks was arrested Thursday near the California city of Victorville after police say he attacked a police dog with a wrench and had a struggle with officers. The chase followed a call from a tow truck driver who argued with a motorist about the cost of fixing a flat tire on the freeway shoulder in Barstow, police said.
It's the third time Brooks has been arrested this year, and it came just hours after his colleagues deemed the Democrat from North Las Vegas to be too dangerous to serve out his term.
Brooks was first arrested Jan. 19 after he allegedly threatened other legislators, including Assembly Democratic Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, and a police search turned up a gun and ammunition in his car.
He was arrested again less than a week after being sworn into office, on Feb. 10, following a domestic dispute at his estranged wife's home where he allegedly tried to grab an officer's gun. Brooks faces a court hearing in May in Las Vegas on one felony and three lesser charges.
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