Reckless Aus driver causes bomb scare

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Melbourne - A truck driver caused traffic chaos in Melbourne on Thursday by speeding the wrong way down a freeway with what was feared to be an explosive device strapped to his head, police said.

Police responded to a breakdown call at 4:00am on the Monash Freeway in the Australian city and found the 35-year-old, who refused to cooperate.

“Police then observed what appeared to be a suspicious device strapped to this male so we backed right off and tried to negotiate with the male,” Senior Sergeant Martin Bourke said. “The device was around his head.”

The man then drove off at speeds of up to 100km/h before doing a U-turn into oncoming traffic and continuing his journey.

About 50 police officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the incident with the freeway closed for three hours during peak hour.

When the man finally stopped, a 10-minute standoff ensued before he stripped naked, removed the device and surrendered.

The bomb squad later confirmed the device was not explosive, but police would not say what it was.

“If we'd had trucks going 100km/h in each direction colliding, that would have caused some major, major issues, we probably would have had some fatalities on our hands today,” said Bourke.

He said the man, who appeared to have a mental condition, was arrested and was undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Sapa-AFP


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