Officers investigating a suspicious vehicle at primary school ended last night with a flurry of activity involving the police chopper, three arrests and a string of vehicle and drugs charges.
A WA Police spokesman said officers were called to investigate two men allegedly sitting parked in the Grovelands Primary School carpark in Camillo about 10pm.
Officers from Armadale Detectives and the South East Metropolitan - Southern Response Team attended and found the vehicle and occupants.
"The vehicle was searched and it will be alleged a substance believed to be methylamphetamine and a smoking implement were located," the police spokesman said.
Two men have been charged. A Camillo man, 21, was charged with Breach VRO, Reckless Driving and Fail to Stop and a Southern River man, 23, was charged with Possess a Prohibited Drug and Possess Drug Paraphernalia.
But officers' work was not done.
A black ute approached while officers were at the carpark but allegedly sped off.
"Information about that vehicle was relayed to officers from the South East Metropolitan District Crime Team who located and attempted to stop the vehicle a number of times," the police spokesman said.
The driver allegedly failed to stop and a police helicopter was called in to help.
The ute, which police alleged was stolen, was abandoned and the driver left.
The police helicopter arrived and spotted a man climbing a fence into the garden of a house on Jacinta Court, before going into Craigie Place.
The police helicopter flight crew continued to provide updates on the alleged offender’s location to ground crews.
The flight crew directed the officers on the ground to where the alleged offender was in the front garden of a house.
A 19-year-old man from Armadale was arrested and later charged with a number of offences, including Steal Motor Vehicle and No Authority to Drive. He was refused bail.