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Ex-Assemblyman Brooks' case postponed
VICTORVILLE • Steven Brooks was in court for a pre-trial hearing on Friday for multiple criminal charges after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 15 ended with his arrest in Victorville the day we was ousted from the Nevada Assembly.
The case was continued to Feb. 28, court records show.
According to previous reports, Brooks, 43, was expelled from the Nevada Assembly by lawmakers last March following his bizarre behavior that led to hospitalizations for psychiatric evaluations. Colleagues thought he was potentially dangerous.
Hours after being ousted on March 28, Brooks led Barstow Police and California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit that began in Barstow. He allegedly fought with officers and attacked a police dog with a wrench before being arrested.
In May, Brooks’ lawyer asked that he be placed in the mental health court program, but that was declined by Judge Debra Harris, court records show.
Following his arrest, Brooks pleaded not guilty to felony charges of evading and obstructing an officer, throwing an object at a police vehicle and misdemeanor harming of a police animal, court records show.
If convicted, Brooks, currently held in lieu of $100,000 bail, could face more than five years in state prison.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.