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A York City man arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Springettsbury Township escaped from the back seat of a township police cruiser by slipping out of a handcuff and opening the car door from the outside, police allege.

Jayson L. Velez-Irizarry darted through Route 30 traffic with a police cruiser giving chase, causing one driver in the area to rear-end the vehicle in front of him, police said.

Velez-Irizarry, 27, of 204 S. Sherman St., remains in York County Prison on $10,000 bail, charged with escape, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and simple assault.

About 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Springettsbury officers were called to the Quality Inn at 2600 E. Market St., where Joanna Kinard told them her boyfriend, Velez-Irizarry, had struck her on the chin and caused a large cut, charging documents state. He then fled the motel in Kinard's car, police said.

Hellam Township Police pulled over Velez-Irizarry on Route 30 near the Wrightsville exit, at which point Springettsbury Sgt. Brian Wilbur drove there and took custody of the alleged domestic abuser, documents state.

He handcuffed Velez-Irizarry behind his back, put him in the back seat of the cruiser and headed to the county's central booking unit in York City, police said.

At some point, Velez-Irizarry asked Wilbur to roll down a rear window because it was hot, and Wilbur did, according to police.

Slipped a cuff: But Velez-Irizarry had managed to slip one of his hands out of the handcuffs, police said.

In the area of Route 30 and North Sherman Street, he reached his hand out the window and opened the rear cruiser door using the exterior handle, documents state.

He made a run for it, crossing both eastbound lanes of Route 30 and darting through traffic, police allege.

Wilbur gave chase in his vehicle, causing a car to stop to let the cruiser pass by, police said. That car was subsequently rear-ended by another vehicle, according to police, who said the crash wouldn't have happened if Velez-Irizarry hadn't escaped.

Wilbur and two other Springetts officers chased down the escapee on foot and captured him, documents state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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