Tahlequah Daily Press

August 6, 2013

Man snapped up for eluding, drug charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Police on Saturday arrested a Tahlequah man for eluding and drug charges after he refused to stop for officers.

Tahlequah Officer Pam Bell said she witnessed 32-year-old Sean Ryan Nordwall’s Chevy Malibu travel left of center, so she tried to stop the vehicle, but Nordwall continued driving.

Nordwall turned onto Sycamore and followed it until it reached a dead end, according to Bell. Nordwall then began to get out of his car, but Bell drew her weapon and commanded him to stay in the car and show his hands.

Bell said Nordwall had trouble keeping his hands up, and he slouched in the vehicle. He was placed into handcuffs and allegedly had difficulty walking to Bell’s patrol car.

“I had to ask him several times his name because his speech was so slurred,” Bell wrote in her report.

Nordwall smelled of alcohol, according to Bell, and admitted he had been drinking. When asked why he didn’t stop for her, Nordwall told the officer he didn’t know.

Nordwall refused to take a state breath test.

Bell said she also learned Nordwall had a suspended or revoked driver’s license. During an inventory of the vehicle, Bell located a white envelope in the center console. Inside the envelope was a green, leafy substance that Bell identified as marijuana.

Nordwall was booked for driving under the influence, driving under suspension, eluding, taxes due state, possession of marijuana and left of center.

A source with the campaign team of Mike Dobbins, who recently ran for a Cherokee Nation Tribal Council seat, confirmed Monday that Nordwall has worked on the campaign.

Records show Nordwall was charged with eluding a police officer, DUI, driving under suspension, failure to carry insurance, and speeding in Tulsa County in 2012.

He later received a deferred sentence.