Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks is in jail and being held
on $100,000 bail after leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended in
Victorville on Thursday, the same day he was ousted from that state's
Brooks was arrested at 6:57 p.m. by Barstow police with help from other agencies on Interstate 15 near Stoddard Wells Road in Victorville. He was booked on suspicion of resisting a peace officer with force, felony evading, willful harm to a police service dog and throwing objects from a vehicle with the intent to cause great bodily injury, according to Barstow police and booking records.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at Barstow Superior Court next week.
The Nevada Assembly voted Thursday morning to oust Brooks, after Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, called him "potentially dangerous" and said lawmakers didn't feel safe with him in the building.
It's the first time an assemblyman has been expelled from the Nevada legislature.
At approximately 6:11 p.m., two Barstow police patrol cars responded to a report of a disturbance between a motorist and tow truck driver near Lenwood Road and the southbound I-15 offramp.
The tow truck driver told police that the motorist's vehicle had a flat tire but refused to provide payment or any form of identification.
While one officer spoke with the tow truck driver, another spoke with the man, who turned away from the officer and began quickly walking to his vehicle, according to police.
The man ignored an officer's orders to stop, the officer went to the passenger-side window of the burgundy SUV in an attempt to obtain ID.
The man refused to provide any, started the SUV and began accelerating at a high rate of speed onto the southbound I-15, police said.
Two squad cars, including a K-9 unit, began a pursuit with sirens on, Barstow police Chief Albert Ramirez confirmed.
During the chase, the man drove in and out of multiple lanes at high speeds in an attempt to evade officers while his vehicle emitted sparks due to the flat tire, according to police.
Barstow Police contacted California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino County sheriff's for assistance. A sheriff's helicopter arrived as well.
The motorist threw a number of metal objects out of the window of his vehicle during the pursuit. It was reported Thursday that one of the objects was a handgun. Ramirez said on Friday that CHP initially believed this to be true, but that a handgun had not been found.
CHP deployed a spike strip and stopped the man's vehicle on southbound I-15, just north of Stoddard Wells Road.
Officers told the man to exit the SUV and initially he refused. Eventually, the man exited but was "acting irrational," according to a police news release.
With Brooks not responding to officer's orders, the Barstow Police K-9 Unit deployed canine "Buck." The man went back inside the SUV, according to police and witnesses.
The canine entered the SUV and the man began choking the dog and hitting him with a metal socket wrench, police said. CHP and Barstow police officers attempted to place the motorist in handcuffs, but he continued to resist officers and would not comply with orders, police said.
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