Barstow Police say that around 6:15 last night, they were called to Lenwood Road near southbound Interstate 15 on reports of a disturbance between a tow truck driver and a motorist.
The tow truck driver told police that the motorist--Steven Brooks--was not paying him or showing him identification.
While Brooks was talking to a police officer, he quickly walked toward his car and was told to stop, but did not. Police say Brooks then got into his car and drove onto southbound I-15 at a high rate of speed. Officers then got into their vehicles and began chasing him.
California Highway Patrol and San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department were then called to assist the chase. Brooks already had one flat tire and smoke began to come out of the vehicle during the chase. Police say during this time, Brooks threw metal objects out of his window. CHP released a spike strip and got Brooks to stop north of Stoddard Wells Road.
Officers say they told Brooks to get out of the vehicle, and he initially did not. Eventually, he did, but was not complying with all police orders. Police say they then deployed police canine "Buck" and Brooks ran back into his car. Buck went to the rear window and began to "subdue" Brooks, police say. During this time, Brooks choked Buck and hit him with a metal socket wrench, according to police. Buck suffered a cut above his right eye and a cut to his left leg. He was later taken to a vet and released.
At this point, police tried to handcuff Brooks, but he continued to resist the arrest. Police then tazed Brooks, handcuffed him and took him into custody.
Police say medical personnel treated Brooks on scene and he was transported to Barstow Community Hospital. After a pre-booking medical exam, Brooks was transported to West Valley Detention Center and was charged with Resisting Peace Officer with Force, Willful Harm to Police Service Dog, Felony Evading, and Throwing Objects from Vehicle with Great Bodily Injury Intent.
BARSTOW, CA. (MyNews4.com, KRNV & AP) - Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested near Barstow, California at 6:57 p.m. on Thursday near Stoddard Wells and I-15, on the day he became the first assemblyman in Nevada history to be expelled.
Jail records show 41-year-old Brooks was arrested by Barstow police at about 7 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 15 at Stoddard Wells.
The Nevada Assembly voted Thursday morning to oust Brooks, after Assembly Majority Leader William Horne called him "potentially dangerous" and said lawmakers didn't feel safe with him in the building.
This is the third time the North Las Vegas Democrat has been arrested since January. He's accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
According to the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department, the charges include reckless evasion, resisting an executive officer and throwing substances at the vehicles. Brooks is listed on a $100,000 bail.
The charges are:
(a) If a person flees or attempts to elude a pursuing peace
officer in violation of Section 2800.1 and the pursued vehicle is
driven in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or
property, the person driving the vehicle, upon conviction, shall be
punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or by confinement in
the county jail for not less than six months nor more than one year.
The court may also impose a fine of not less than one thousand
dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or may
impose both that imprisonment or confinement and fine.
(b) Any person who with intent to do great bodily injury maliciously and willfully throws or projects any rock, brick, bottle, metal or other missile, or projects any other substance capable of doing serious bodily harm at such vehicle or occupant thereof is guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison.
600. (a) Any person who willfully and maliciously and with no legal
justification strikes, beats, kicks, cuts, stabs, shoots with a
firearm, administers any poison or other harmful or stupefying
substance to, or throws, hurls, or projects at, or places any rock,
object, or other substance which is used in such a manner as to be
capable of producing injury and likely to produce injury, on or in
the path of, any horse being used by, or any dog under the
supervision of, any peace officer in the discharge or attempted
discharge of his or her duties, is guilty of a public offense. If the
injury inflicted is a serious injury, as defined in subdivision (c),
the person shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision
(h) of Section 1170 for 16 months, two or three years, or in a
county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding
two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by both a fine and imprisonment. If
the injury inflicted is not a serious injury, the person shall be
punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not exceeding one
year, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by
both a fine and imprisonment.