Driver escapes after erratic chase across city

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SAN DIEGO -- A motorist who fled from officers in La Jolla Thursday crisscrossed the coastal San Diego area for about 45 minutes before finally pulling over in the East Village and escaping on foot.

Patrol personnel were responding to a request to check on the man's welfare when they found and tried to contact him as he sat in a parked Honda Accord in the area of Caminito Eastbluff and Via Sonoma about 5:15 p.m., according to police.

Seeing them, the man drove off, and the officers followed and tried in vain to pull him over.

The suspected driver, Ahran Haugley, fled to the north through La Jolla, driving at high speed and so recklessly that police decided to back off the chase for safety reasons, San Diego Police Department Officer Robert Heims said.

The motorist, believed to be in his early 40s, continued to the north, at one point pulling over briefly in a commercial parking lot in Del Mar before continuing to drive in the direction of Solana Beach.

Near the Del Mar Race Track, the man turned to the east, then entered Interstate 5 and headed south as news helicopters tracked his movements from above.

Making his way through heavy rush-hour traffic and driving in a mostly safe manner, the motorist went through Carmel Valley, merged onto Interstate 805 and then entered state Route 163.

After traversing Mission Valley and Hillcrest, he arrived in downtown San Diego.

A police helicopter crew watched as the man drove on city streets for several blocks and pulled into an underground parking lot below a multi-use building in the 900 block of F Street.

Officers converged on the structure and found the man's car abandoned inside the parkade, Heims said.

Police took up positions in the area and searched the building and surrounding areas for the driver, but he was not found and the search ended about 7:30 p.m., Heims said.

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The driver was on Gilman Avenue in La Jolla and took La Jolla Village Drive to northbound Interstate 5.  He drove a high speeds until getting stuck in rush-hour traffic at the I-805 and I-5 merge.

The driver weaved in and out of vehicles until merging onto westbound lanes of state Route 56 west. He drove throughDel Mar Village, narrowly hitting pedestrians walking along the street.

The driver stopped at a condo complex parking lot for a brief time. Then, he continued driving toward I-5 where he merged onto southbound lanes.

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The driver is now going southbound on SR-163

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The helicopter is leaving to go refuel after losing sight of the driver. 

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Live streaming video is ending. FOX 5 crews are heading to downtown San Diego to cover the chase. Standby. 

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FOX 5 crew is downtown – streaming live

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Dozens of San Diego police officers are surrounding a parking structure on 9th Avenue and F Street. 

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The suspect is a parolee, according to police. He has gotten out of his car.

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