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The Terrifying Moment A Melbourne Man Drives Wrong Way

A man has been caught speeding against traffic on a busy Melbourne freeway, before crashing into a safety barrier.

The shocking footage, shows the dark Toyota Camry hurtling in the wrong direction down the Western Ring Road at Deer Park at 1 PM on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old driver was arrested and taken to hospital for an assessment after crashing into a wire safety barrier.

A spokesperson said the man would be interviewed at a later date and "is expected to be interviewed over some traffic offences at a later date."

Another driver filmed the horrifying scenes on his mobile phone, and can be heard screaming "What are you doing man?"

There have been reports the man suffered from mental health issues.

Witnesses recounted the shocking event to local media.

"Police officers jumped out of the car, basically pointed their guns at the guy yelling, 'get down, get down get on the ground'," one witness named only as Danny told 9News.

Highway Patrol officers were reportedly already in the area already to attend to a nearby truck fire. 

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