York City man allegedly led police on high speed chase

A York City man led police on a high-speed chase late Tuesday, June 19, according to officials.

York City Police say Marlis Dion Dorsey drove at an "unreasonable speed" and went through five stop signs while fleeing authorities Tuesday night.

Dorsey, 29, of the 400 block of West Princess Street, is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and multiple summary traffic violations.

Marlis Dorsey

Alleged incident: About 11:30 p.m., an officer spotted Dorsey making an illegal stop in the intersection of Susquehanna Avenue and East Boundary Avenue, charging documents state.

According to police, Officer Benjamin Praster turned on his lights and sirens, but Dorsey didn't stop and "engaged in a high-speed pursuit with police."

During the chase, the vehicle went through five stop signs at an unreasonable speed, endangering both police and the public, officials said.

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Praster lost sight of the vehicle, but it was found moments later at the intersection of Jessop Place and Kings Mill Road, charging documents indicate.

Those documents state that Dorsey ran from the vehicle but was apprehended shortly after.

While speaking to police, he told authorities he had gotten permission from his cousin to drive the car, police said. His driving privileges were suspended, according to officials.

Police talked to his cousin, who said she parked her vehicle in the area of West College Avenue and South Hartley Street, but the vehicle had gone missing, charging documents state. 

"She stated that she had not given anyone permission to operate the vehicle, and she believed she had accidentally left her keys in the car," Praster wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Additionally, police say she denied knowing Dorsey at all.

Dorsey was taken to the county's central booking unit, where he was arraigned on the charges the next morning. He was taken to York County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 at District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr.'s office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.