HOUSTON – A suspect nearly ended up in a retention pond at the end of a police chase and crash in west Houston overnight.

According to the Houston Police Department, it started just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when an HPD patrol unit attempted to stop a driver who was in a car with license plates that could not be read.

The officer said he was simply going to give the driver a warning, but the suspect took off. The driver led police on a short chase from Westpark and Wilcrest to Sela, police said.

Police said that is where the street dead ends, and the suspect partially drove into a retention pond.

At the same time, an HPD SUV patrol unit did not see a cable going across the dead end street. Somehow the suspect's car managed to go under the cable, but the SUV hit it and the cable ended up lodged inside the front of the police car grill.

The suspect driver took off running on foot and got away, police said. His passenger stayed in the car, and HPD detained him.

A search perimeter was established, but the suspect driver was not immediately located. Police said they know his identity and a warrant will be issued for his arrest.