Man Drives Car Into Ocean to Escape Police During Chase in Australia, Video Shows

The final bizarre escape attempt happened after a two-hour police chase.

October 7, 2015, 1:24 PM

— -- A man recently drove an allegedly stolen car into the ocean in an attempt to escape police during a chase in western Australia, according to police and video of the incident.

The chase on Tuesday lasted for nearly two hours before the driver decided to go off-road, through sand dunes and then into the ocean, the Yanchep Local Police Team told ABC News partner 9 News in Australia.

As the four-wheel vehicle began sinking, the suspect got out and climbed to the roof, police said. Several officers were forced to wade into the waves to rescue the suspect before apprehending him, they added.

A helicopter caught the failed escape attempt on video.

Yanchep Police wrote about the incident on Twitter, where it thanked Guilderton Caravan Park, Lancelin Police and the Queensland Police Service's helicopter POLAIR for their assistance in the chase.

Yanchep police did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information, including if the suspect is being identified and what, if any, charges he is facing.