APACHE JUNCTION — A late-night traffic stop of a golf cart resulted in a police chase with the driver initially getting away before being arrested the next morning.

“I initiated a traffic stop on an unlicensed golf cart which ran a stop sign and failed to properly signal for a turn while driving on city streets in Apache Junction,” an AJPD officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

The driver was identified as Adam Nordlow, 40, of Apache Junction. He had a suspended driver’s license and an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.

Nordlow was initially stopped just before midnight on April 23 and told to step out of the golf cart but he refused.

“Nordlow tried to drive away from the traffic stop despite being told to stop several times by fully uniformed police officers. I had ahold of the vehicle with my right hand and, as he drove away, I injured the small finger on my right hand, my right hand, my right wrist and right forearm,” the police officer wrote.

According to court documents, Nordlow sped away in the golf cart with police in chase.

“Nordlow damaged a gate of a gated community at 900 West Broadway Avenue by recklessly ramming the gate with the vehicle before fleeing on foot from officers in the neighborhood,” the officer wrote.

Somehow he escape the police pursuit but he was apprehended the following morning.

At 8:30 a.m. Nordlow was found at his home in the 600 block of North Gold Drive and arrested by officers after a second foot chase in the 600 block of North Valley Drive.

“Defendant disregarded commands by an officer to stop and fled his residence on foot. Defendant jumped walls into several yards and then entered an unlocked 5th wheel trailer which did not belong to him and hid from officers. Defendant was found and had heroin and paraphernalia with him and near him when arrested,” court records state.

Initially Nordlow was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, altering a motor vehicle’s serial numbers, possession of a narcotic drug, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing.

When he was indicted by a grand jury, the altering of a motor vehicle’s serial numbers charge was dropped.

Nordlow remains in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center pending the posting of a $20,000 secured bond and a $200 cash bond for a warrant.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.