BARSTOW, Ca. - Barstow Police have released new information about the arrest of Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks. He was arrested just hours as being expelled from the Legislature.
Brooks was arrested around 7 pm Thursday night on I-15 at the Stoddard Wells exit. He's being held on $100,000 bail for charges of resisting an officer and throwing a small object at a vehicle.
Barstow Police say it all started with a call from a tow truck driver who said someone was trying to defraud him. Officers say the man was identified as Steven Brooks. While one of the officers was talking to Brooks, they say Brooks walked back to his vehicle.
Moments later, officers say Brooks took off down Interstate 15, even though he had a flat tire and the car was sparking and smoking. This is when California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies got involved.
Spike strips were put down and that disabled the vehicle Brooks was driving.
Once stopped at the Stoddard Wells exit, officers say Brooks refused to exit his vehicle, but eventually got out. They say he was acting irrationally and refused to comply with orders.
One of the Barstow police officers deployed a K-9, Buck, to assist in apprehending Brooks. Buck entered the car and attempted to subdue Brooks. Officers say that's when Brooks began choking Buck and hitting him with a metal socket wrench.
Officers and deputies quickly put Brooks in handcuffs, and claim the former legislator was still resisting arrest. Officers say they used a taser on Brooks to subdue him.
Video apparently shot by a witness and posted on You Tube shows Brooks on the ground and an officer seemingly hitting Brooks.
Brooks was taken to a hospital for a medical exam. He was then taken to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
This is the third time Brooks has been arrested since January. The North Las Vegas Democrat is accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
The police K-9 was hurt with a laceration above his right eye and one on his left leg. Buck was treated and released by a veterinarian.