Brooks to appear in Southern California court for preliminary hearing


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Steven Brooks’ mugshot. / AP Photo

Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks will appear in court for a preliminary hearing this morning in Victorville, Calif. on charges stemming from a freeway chase that ended in a violent struggle with California police in March.

Brooks, 41, also appeared in court for a pre-preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

In April, Brooks pled guilty to San Bernardino County Superior Court to four counts that include resisting an officer, felony evading and assault on a police animal. A preliminary hearing was originally set for April 9. Brooks’ defense was recently denied the opportunity that Brooks be enrolled in a mental health court program, which would’ve allowed him out on probation and hold him accountable for receiving mental health treatment.

Brooks has been in a San Bernardino County jail since his March 28 arrest. The arrest followed just hours after Brooks became the first person in Nevada history to be voted out of office by his colleagues in the Legislature after they cited concerns for their safety and a bizarre series of public incidents.

If convicted of all the counts, Brooks could face a maximum sentence of five years, four months in prison.