October 7, 2015 1:39 PM EDT

A suspected car thief made a bizarre (albeit original) attempt at evading police Wednesday — by driving his SUV straight into the ocean.

The two-hour police chase in Perth, Australia, appeared to be coming to an end when the suspect found himself on the beach with nowhere to go.

But as police closed in, the man appeared to make a last-ditch bid for freedom by accelerating straight into breaking waves.

As the vehicle was swamped, the suspect climbed out of the driver’s-side window and onto the roof of the car.

Concerned for his safety, two officers followed him into the water. . .

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