SAN DIEGO -- A man who led police on a wild car chase across San Diego before ditching his car and escaping on foot has an extensive criminal history involving drugs and burglaries.
Ahran Haugley, 41, drove a red Honda Accord from La Jolla to downtown San Diego Thursday afternoon, with police cars and helicopters in hot pursuit. Police ended the chase in the interest of public safety, because the suspect was driving recklessly through rush hour traffic, putting commuters at risk. Police said Haugley pulled into an East Village parking garage located on 9th Avenue and F Streets, changed his clothes and took off on foot.
“He is not in custody, so we are looking for him right now. Again, he has four warrants, and we are looking for him for evading us, driving recklessly -- so, yes, we are still looking for him,” said San Diego police Officer Travis Easter.
Easter told FOX 5, it all began when police officers were responding to a request to check on Haugley's welfare. They found him slumped over in the parked Honda Accord just after 5 p.m.
“While looking up his name, they saw a name similar to his that had four active warrants for his arrest. So they looked at a prior booking photo, and recognized, hey, that’s the guy. So as they went to go notify him of the warrants he took off,” Easter said.
Haugley is described as white, about 5 foot 6 and around 170 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans, and was last seen heading north on 9th Avenue.
"His warrants are non-violent incidents. So at this time, they’re narcotic and theft related warrants, so we’re not saying that he’s a danger to the public. It’s just he has active warrants for his arrest, and if anybody sees something, knows something, please call us,” Easter said.
Police say they believe the red Honda Accord is possibly stolen because the VIN did not match the license plates.
Haugley is now facing a litany of charges, including public endangerment, reckless driving, evading police and possibly even car theft.
If you see him, don’t approach him. Just call police.