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Judge declines former lawmaker’s mental health court request

Brooks arrested in California

Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks, holds his arms up as he is arrested, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Victorville, Calif. Brooks led police on a chase from Barstow, Calif., until his tires were spiked in Victorville, Calif. Brooks was arrested on charges including resisting arrest and throwing objects, just hours after he became the first lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature. Launch slideshow »

A California judge is declining to refer ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks to a mental health court program.

The decision came at a court hearing Friday in Victorville, Calif. Another hearing is set May 31 on the charges, which stem from a car chase and a police confrontation in March.

Brooks' lawyer asked this week that Brooks be placed in the mental health court program, which diverts people into treatment and holds them accountable along the way.

Brooks has pleaded not guilty to resisting an officer, felony evading and assault on a police animal charges filed after his March 28 arrest by Barstow police along Interstate 15.

The arrest was his third in a matter of months, and followed bizarre behavior that prompted lawmakers to expel him from the Assembly.

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