CREATED Apr. 2, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Former State Assemblyman, Steven Brooks, pleaded not guilty via video-conference to four charges related to his arrest in Barstow, California last week.
In court Tuesday, Brooks appeared disoriented and confused as he looked down at his handcuffs and touched his bruised face. Police said they used a taser to subdue him before his latest arrest.
Judge John Gibson read Brooks a list of charges that include evading an officer, resisting and officer, throwing a substance at a vehicle an assaulting a police animal.
If Brooks is convicted on all four charges he could face about five years in prison.
His bail is set for $100,000, but Brooks asked the judge to reduce the amount so he can get some mental help. Brooks said his relatives wanted to take him to a psychiatric institution before his arrest.
Just hour after Brooks was expelled from the state legislature, the former lawmaker led police on a high-speed chase for 20 miles.
Brooks will appear again in court on April 9th and is expected to be appointed a public defender. The judge could decide at that court hearing whether Brooks' bail is lowered.