Police: Dover Twp. choking victim hung out of moving car, yelled for police

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Dover Township man is accused of choking and assaulting his girlfriend while speeding down a township road, according to police.

The woman was hanging out of the car, yelling for police, and at one point used her foot to sound the car's horn "to try to get anyone's attention as she was hanging outside the passenger side door," according to charging documents.

Scott Jason Orvis assaulted the woman while driving down Tamela Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, according to charging documents.

Scott Jason Orvis

Officers with Northern York County Regional Police were at a nearby home on an unrelated call when they heard Orvis' blue 2017 Chevrolet Malibu pass through the block, police said.

An officer went outside and found a neighbor who was pointing north toward Orvis' car, documents state.

The neighbor informed officers he saw the woman hanging out of the car as it went by and heard the word "police" yelled, according to documents.

Other officers were alerted by radio and responded. They found the woman walking down Tamela Avenue, trying to flag down passing vehicles, documents state.

She told officers that Orvis picked her up at work and drove her to his home on Hikey Street, where he lives with his mother, police said.

Couldn't breathe: As they were arguing at his home, Orvis put both hands around the woman's neck and choked her, police allege.

"She advised that she was unable to breathe while being choked," documents state.

The woman managed to break free and run into the house, yelling for Orvis' mother, police said.

But when Orvis' mother didn't want to get involved, both Orvis and his girlfriend got back into his car and drove away, according to charging documents.

While the car was moving, the argument continued, and Orvis again "became physical" with the woman, documents state.

She opened the car door to get out, which is when Orvis choked her again, police allege.

At that point the woman used her foot to sound the car's horn, police said.

Orvis eventually stopped the car, and the woman fell to the ground, according to police.

He then stole her purse — which contained $500 cash — and ran toward his home, charging documents state.

The woman had marks on her neck consistent with being choked, and she told officers she feared for her life both times Orvis choked her, according to documents.

Officers went to Orvis' Hikey Street home, but his mother said he wasn't there, police said.

Cash missing: Officers later found the woman's purse in the middle of the road, but the $500 cash was missing, police said.

Officers drove Orvis' car, which he'd abandoned on Tamela Avenue, back to his home, police said.

During the ride, they found a scale in the center console "commonly used for (weighing) marijuana," documents state.

Orvis, 36, of the 4500 block of Hikey Street, is free on $40,000 bail, charged with strangulation, simple assault, reckless endangerment, theft, receiving stolen property, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He did not return a phone message seeking comment. It is unclear whether he's retained an attorney.

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