A suspect being chased by Perth police drove his allegedly stolen vehicle into the Indian Ocean on 6 October after an almost two-hour chase, local media reported.

As police approached the 4WD vehicle on a beach in Perth, aerial footage shows the driver getting back into the car and heading directly into the water. Two police officers followed him into the surf on foot as the driver escaped through a window.

Earlier, the driver stopped at an intersection of several tracks, got out of the vehicle, appeared to deflate the tyre pressure and drove on towards the beach. Channel Seven reported that the chase started in Clarkson, a Northern suburb of Perth, when police spotted the suspicious vehicle.