An alleged fuel thief has been heavily tackled to the ground and arrested by two WA officers after a foot chase in Perth’s north.
In dramatic vision shared by WA Police, the offender can be seen fleeing a Nissan Navara after an alleged fuel drive-off in Westminster.
Moments later, two officers swoop on the man and tackle him to the ground – all captured by the Police Air Wing.
The ordeal unfolded around 10am on Thursday when the police helicopter spotted the Navara leaving a service station on Wanneroo Road.
“Looks like he’s doing something to the number plates, changing the rear plates,” the officer can be heard saying in the vision.
“Possibly a fuel drive off we’ve just witnessed.”
Officers in an unmarked vehicle followed the utility before attempting to stop the driver on Wattle Street in Tuart Hill.
But the driver fled on foot and jumped a number of fences, sparking a police chase.
“One on foot, one on foot heading westbound,” the officer inside the helicopter can be heard directing others on the ground.
“Next driveway on your right, he’s going to pop out. So get ready.
“Right, right, right… now.”
Officers then tackled the man to the ground and he was arrested.
It is alleged during a subsequent search of the vehicle and its occupants, police located and seized a small amount of cannabis and methylamphetamine, a glass smoking implement, and a controlled weapon (OC spray).
A 40-year-old man from Lockridge has been charged with a string of offences including possessing a prohibited drug, stealing, no authority to drive and breach of bail.
A 29-year-old man from East Fremantle has been charged with stealing, carrying or possessing a controlled weapon and breach of bail.
Both men were due to front court on Friday.