LAS VEGAS — Hours after he became the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the state Legislature, a lawmaker led police on a chase on a freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles that ended with a violent struggle with uniformed officers.
Steven Brooks, 41, was subdued with punches and a Taser, arrested at gunpoint and jailed in California’s San Bernardino County after police say he attacked a police dog with a wrench.
“It’s hard to know where he was going, what he thought he was doing and why he would be involved in a high-speed chase,” Brooks’ attorney, Mitchell Posin, said Friday. “I think he feels the world is against him.”
Brooks’ arrest Thursday near Victorville, Calif., was his third since January and came just hours after colleagues in the Legislature deemed the Democrat from North Las Vegas too dangerous and unpredictable to serve his elected term. Lawmakers wept Thursday as they cited concerns about their safety and evidence collected about an increasingly bizarre series of public incidents.
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Police allege that Brooks threatened a Democratic Party Assembly leader before one arrest and threw punches and grabbed for the gun of a police officer in his second arrest about three weeks later. He also was hospitalized for five days for a mental evaluation after another police encounter that didn’t result in an arrest.
He was sworn in and then banished from the Legislature building as a possible security risk days after arriving in a hooded sweatshirt. He tried unsuccessfully to buy a rifle at a sporting-goods store in Sparks and bought body armor from a radio-show host in Las Vegas. He lost his job as a Las Vegas city management analyst.
Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, said Friday he was saddened by Brooks’ arrest. “I hope they get Steven the help he clearly needs before he or someone else is hurt or worse,” he added.