Calif. court date reset for ex-Nevada assemblyman

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Trial has been delayed in California for a former Las Vegas-area lawmaker facing felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a high-speed freeway chase and fight with police the same day he was expelled from the Nevada Assembly.

A Friday pretrial hearing was reset to Sept. 27 in Victorville for Steven John Brooks II, 41, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records.

Prosecutor Shannon Flaherty said Brooks has a new lawyer who sought time to become familiar with the case.

The attorney Sean O'Connor didn't immediately respond Friday to a message.

Brooks pleaded not guilty Aug. 6 to felony charges of evading and obstructing an officer and throwing a substance at a police vehicle, and a misdemeanor charge of harming a police animal. He could face more than five years in prison if he's convicted of all charges.

He is being held on $100,000 bail at the San Bernardino County jail in San Bernardino.

Brooks was a second-term Democrat from North Las Vegas when he became the first state lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature on March 28. Colleagues called him a security threat.

Brooks was arrested hours later after allegedly leading police on an 80-mph chase on Interstate 15 from Barstow to Victorville, fighting with officers trying to subdue him at gunpoint, and attacking a police dog with a wrench.

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