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Steven Brooks Tased After High-Speed Chase in California

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Brooks is seen bloodied after a struggle with police. Courtesy: Jose Gonzalez Brooks is seen bloodied after a struggle with police. Courtesy: Jose Gonzalez

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Hours after being expelled from the Nevada Assembly, Steven Brooks led California police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 Thursday night before being subdued first by a police dog and finally by a taser.

Brooks was arrested on charges of felony evading, willful harm to a police service dog, resisting a peace officer with force and throwing objects from a vehicle. The charge of harming the dog stems from Brooks choking the animal and hitting it with a metal socket wrench as it tried to control him.

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This is Brooks' third arrest in the past three months, beginning with his Jan. 19 arrest for threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. The state assembly voted Thursday morning to expel Brooks from its membership, the first such action in state history.

Police were called to an area off an interstate exit in Barstow shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday for a report of a disturbance involving a tow truck driver and a motorist. The driver told police Brooks refused to pay him or provide identification. Brooks evaded police by going back to his car and taking off "at a high rate of speed," according to a release by Barstow Police.

Brooks continued southbound on I-15 even with a flat right front tire, causing smoke and sparks to fly from his car as he drove. Police eventually used a spike strip to disable Brooks' car. Brooks first refused to exit his car on police orders before eventually doing so, but continued to act "irrational."

A Barstow officer then deployed his police dog named Buck and Brooks retreated to his car. The dog jumped through the rear window of the car and tried to subdue Brooks, who choked the dog and beat him with a wrench. Officers then tried to apprehend Brooks, but he continued to resist and was tased.

After being medically treated, Brooks was transferred to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Buck suffered lacerations to his right eye and left leg, and was treated and released by a veterinarian.

Watch YouTube video of the arrest. WARNING: the video contains extremely graphic language. 

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