We've all seen criminals do some head-scratching things, but this suspected car thief in Australia really made a strange choice.

Police say the man is believed to have stolen an SUV. At one point during a two-hour chase, the suspect turned onto a beach north of Perth. 

Aerial video shows the man stopping near the ocean and getting out. As a police vehicle pulled up, he hurried back into the SUV and floored it right into the ocean!

Astonished officers watched from the shore as the man scrambled out of the SUV and onto the roof of the SUV as it sank.

Two police officers had to wade into the water to make the arrest.

Then, authorities had to go about getting the vehicle out. 

Watch the crazy footage below.

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