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California court hearing delayed for former assemblyman Steven Brooks

California court hearing delayed for former assemblyman Steven Brooks

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 9, 2013

Barstow, Calif. (KTNV) -- Former Nevada assemblyman Steven Brooks will be sitting in a California jail a little longer.

Brooks, 41, was arrested earlier and jailed late last month following a freeway chase and a violent struggle with police on the same day that he became the first assemblyman ever to be expelled from the Nevada State Legislature.

It was the third time that Brooks had been arrested since January.

The incident began with an argument with a tow truck driver. He then led police officers on a high-speed chase for 20 miles. After police were able to stop him, he struggled with police and even choked and hit a police dog that was attempting to subdue him.

Brooks is now facing charges of evading an officer, felony evading and assaulting a police animal. If convicted, he could face five years in prison.

A judge in Barstow, Calif., has now set a May 7 date for Brooks to appear in court and a May 9 date for a preliminary hearing.

Brooks' attorney says that the delay will allow time to get Brooks into a court-ordered psychiatric counseling program.

Brooks was arrested on March 28 on Interstate 15 near Victorville.

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