District police chased a man who kidnapped his girlfriend Wednesday morning in Southeast Washington and forced her into his car, but said the suspect escaped after crashing his vehicle and running into the woods.

Authorities were searching for the man, whose identity they know, using dogs and a helicopter. Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the man disappeared near the 200 block of 36th St. SE. He had not been caught as of 11 a.m.

Alali said the incident began about 8:30 a.m. when the man broke down the door to his girlfriend’s apartment in the 200 block of Anacostia Road SE. Alali said he forced the woman into his car and drove off.

Someone from the apartment called police and officers spotted the grey Acura a short time later heading east on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. Police said they chased the car for several blocks with cruisers and a helicopter before it crashed into a police cruiser and the man fled. The woman was found in the car; her condition was not immediately available.

Police said they are investigating another kidnapping that occurred about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Alali said a woman was abducted by a man she said was her ex-boyfriend as she walked along Georgia Avenue near Quackenbus Street.

The victim told police that the man had a knife and ordered her into a red minivan. She told police the man took her cell phone and wallet, and drover her around for 90 minutes “against her will.” Police said he released her at 13th and Kennedy streets Northwest. Police said they were searching for the suspect.