Ousted Lawmaker Arrested After Wild Pursuit on SoCal Highway — Carolyn Costello Reports
Just hours before this confrontation with a California Highway Patrol officer, former Nevada State Assemblyman Steven Brooks had been ousted from the state legislature, his colleagues saying they felt unsafe with Brooks in the building where they work.
Authorities say Brooks led the CHP on a high speed freeway chase before he was shocked with a stun gun and arrested on charges including resisting arrest.
The 41 year old former Nevada lawmaker was arrested on Interstate 15 outside the city of Victorville after a 15-mile chase that began in Barstow and exceeded speeds of 80 mph, CHP officer Don Spiker said.
The Highway Patrol had responded to a disagreement between Brooks and a tow truck operator called to help Brooks fix a flat tire in Barstow.
The video was taken by Ken Simpson alongside his wife, Jennifer when they heard commotion and saw the high speed pursuit end outside their window.
The Simpson’s posted the video on YouTube and learned today who the man in their video was.
Hours before the chase….the Nevada Assembly ousted Brooks in an emotional hearing in which several members were heard crying and one lawmaker said people felt unsafe with Brooks in the legislative building.
Colleagues described Brooks behavior as unpredictable, saying he missed meetings, called press conferences he never showed up for, and posing shirtless for a Las Vegas newspaper.
Brooks was first arrested back in January in a car with a gun and dozens of rounds of ammunition after allegedly voicing a threat against a fellow north Las Vegas democrat.
The state attorney general’s office is handling that case, and no formal charges have yet been filed.
— Carolyn Costello, KTLA News