Armed driver arrested after allegedly ramming police car in Melbourne CBD

A MAN armed with two guns and a hunting knife has been arrested after allegedly using his car to try and mow down police officers in the centre of Melbourne.

The 26-year-old is accused of ramming a police vehicle in the rampage on Bourke Street around 5pm on Tuesday.

Police said officers were responding to reports of a man who appeared to be slumped unconscious behind the wheel of a car that was parked on the side of the road with a shattered windscreen.


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As officers approached the vehicle and tried speaking with the man, it’s alleged he accelerated and drove towards them before smashing into a police vehicle.

Witnesses said the man then mounted the curb before allegedly trying to drive along the footpath.

The incident sent terrified pedestrians scrambling for safety.

Police were forced to taser the man in order to bring an end to the rampage.

Thankfully, no one else was injured during the incident.

During a search of the man’s vehicle, which is believed to have been stolen, officers allegedly found a large hunting knife and two firearms.

The 26-year-old was taken to hospital under police guard for assessment before he was released and later charged with theft of motor vehicle and conduct endangering life.

He was remanded in custody overnight and was scheduled to front Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

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