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Flatbed truck leads mysterious Melbourne chase

Paul Donaldson

A STOLEN 16 tonne flatbed truck has left police baffled after a number of curious complaints in Melbourne overnight.    A heavy vehicle was allegedly stolen from Quarter Street in Roxburgh Park just before 1pm Wednesday, before beginning its assault on the city's northern suburbs.   

First the truck was involved in a collision in Preston about 6.40pm, then reports of a truck driving erratically and hitting multiple cars in Brentwood Drive Lalor began to flow into the Police.   

It is then alleged the driver of the truck attempted a carjacking at a service station on Edgars Road in Lalor but was unsuccessful.  

The man took off in the truck again and was observed driving erratically on High Street Reservoir and then in backstreets before coming to a stop outside Epping Police Station about 8.30pm.  

The man was arrested with the assistance of K-9 and police were forced to deploy OC spray.  

The 47-year-old South Morang man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries where he remains under police guard and is yet to be interviewed.   No one else was injured during the incidents.  

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the truck driving erratically or any of the collisions to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at www crimestoppersvic.com.au.  

Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Topics:  crime melbourne police stealing

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