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Man accused of driving through barricades at Pride, leading police pursuit identified

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 14:47:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of driving through a traffic barricade at the San Diego Pride event near Balboa Park and leading officers on a pursuit.

San Diego police said a black Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Matthew Haney hit several barricades that were in place at the intersection of 6th Avenue and El Prado at about 10:30 p.m. on July 14.

According to police, Haney struck the barricades and “drove directly towards a San Diego Special Event Traffic Controller,” causing the traffic controller to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the van.

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After passing through the barricades, the driver hit a parked car with a 29-year-old pregnant woman inside. Following the collision, police say the woman complained of minor pain.

Officers tried to stop Haney, but he led police on a pursuit from San Diego into Lemon Grove, before stopping in a parking lot in La Mesa.

Haney abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene. He has not been located since, and San Diego police say he faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony evading.

The 40-year-old Haney is white, six feet tall, weighs 160 pounds, has blonde hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Haney’s location is urged to call the SDPD Western Division at 619-692-4834 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.