Knife-Wielding Man Tasered By Cops After Erratic Driving In Melbourne CBD

Police in the Melbourne CBD have subdued a man who was seen driving erratically near the Flinders Street area early this morning, causing delays to traffic and trams throughout the city.

An official statement from Victoria Police said that officers were called to the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets shortly before 8am.

“The Critical Incident Response Team attended and the man, who was allegedly armed with a knife, was tasered and arrested,” the statement read.

Nobody was injured in the incident, and a man understood to be aged in his 20s is in custody.

Eyewitness reports obtained by News Corp indicate that members of the public saw a green-coloured four-wheel drive reversing at great speed down the street.

At one point, a bicycle was reportedly thrown under the vehicle in an attempt to bring it to a stop.

The bomb squad is investigating, but police say that there is no specific threat.

The city will play host to the AFL Grand Final later today at the MCG, and there are already heightened security measures in place, including anti-terror bollards along the parade route.

Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Leane told News Corp: that punters can expect to see a heavy presence of law enforcement in the Melbourne CBD today:

For those coming to the parade … you will see physical barriers. It’s both to keep the crowds safe, and the players who are making themselves available for that day, well and truly safe. You’ll see police everywhere, from the time you get off a train at Flinders Street, or off a tram, you’ll see police everywhere.

Earlier this year, six people were killed in the city when 26-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of people.