Truckie with 'bomb' strapped to head shuts down freeway

A TRUCK driver with what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his head has been arrested following a drama on Melbourne's  Monash Freeway on Thursday morning.

Police said they were called to the scene inbound near Toorak Road around 4am following reports of a broken down truck.

When officers arrived, they located what appeared to be a suspicious device strapped to the driver.

When police approached him, the man drove away towards the city.

Officers then began following the truck.

A short time later, the driver suddenly changed course and began travelling on the wrong side of the road before stopping near Toorak Road.

Police evacuated a number of cars as a precautionary measure as they began negotiations with the man.

The 35-year-old Caulfield South man was arrested around 4.30am and taken to The Alfred for assessment.

The freeway was shut down as a precaution and the Bomb Response Unit attended.

The BRU has now declared the area safe and the freeway has been reopened. 

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