A York man with a history of domestic violence was arrested over accusations that he choked and punched a woman in a dispute that started in a house and ended down the street, according to a report.
Dana Eugene Lanier, 40, was arrested on Thursday afternoon on charges of criminal domestic violence. According to the York police report, Lanier has two prior convictions for domestic violence, in 1995 and 2001.
Officers arrived at the York residence where Lanier and a 31-year-old female live together and found the front door open and Lanier in a “grossly intoxicated condition.”
The report states Lanier started to punch the woman in the face and head during an argument as she tried to leave the house, and that he then took a towel and began using it to strangle her.
The victim was able to run out of the house to a neighboring residence, but Lanier continued to chase after her and beat her again, the report states.
By that time, two people witnessed the assault, including one man who tried to stop Lanier from chasing after her and eventually pulled him off her in a fenced area down the street.
According to the report, the pair had argued over the woman leaving to go to her cousin’s house and a bottle of Xanax pills prescribed to the woman that Lanier allegedly traded for crack cocaine.
When confronted by police, Lanier was initially combative, telling officers, “If I am going to jail, we are going to fight.” An officer presented a Taser and told Lanier he was under arrest, but he continued to curse at the officers, the report reads.