A York City man must serve state prison time for forcing a woman he'd never met to drive him away from police who were searching for him.

Mark Lee Jr., 23, formerly of Kurtz Avenue, pleaded guilty in York County Court last week to unlawful restraint, a first-degree misdemeanor.

In exchange, a felony charge of kidnapping was dropped, according to court records.

Lee was sentenced to one to two years in state prison, records state.

York City Police said they were called to a home in the 200 block of West Cottage Place about 11:40 p.m. March 27 for a domestic incident involving Lee. The caller told police Lee was a wanted man, court documents state.

Wanted: Police checked Lee's record and learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant on a charge of drug dealing, documents state.

Officers searched the area but couldn't find Lee.

That's because before they arrived, Lee approached a woman he didn't know and repeatedly told her to give him a ride because police were searching for him, according to court documents.

Lee was holding something wrapped in a T-shirt in his hand, police said.

"The victim was reluctant, but afraid of (Lee) because he appeared menacing and was in a highly agitated state," court documents state.

The woman got into her vehicle, at which point Lee jumped into the back seat and ordered her to drive, police said.


Cops in area: She later told police that while driving away, she saw a number of police cruisers searching the area. Each time, Lee ordered her to make a turn to avoid the officers, documents state.

Lee eventually got out of her car and fled the area, police said.

The woman later identified Lee through a photo lineup, police said.

Lee was arrested without incident about a month later on West Poplar Street by members of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, police have said.

While in court on Aug. 25, Lee also pleaded guilty to drug dealing and was sentenced to 2-1/2 to five years in state prison.

His two prison sentences run concurrently, court records state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.