Houston police officers searched the grounds of an apartment complex on the southwest side Friday for a driver who led officers on a short chase before ditching his car.

According to investigators, an officer was running an electronic license plate check on a car and it came back as wanted in a possible burglary around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Before officers could even stop the car or turn on their flashing lights, police said the driver took off down Wilcrest Drive going the wrong way on the street for about a half mile before ditching the car at South Street.

Investigators said the driver hopped a fence into the Winding Trails apartment complex where officers searched for him.