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Driver on the run after terrifying ordeal which sent Bourke Street pedestrians running

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Pedestrians were forced to run for cover after a driver dangerously sped through the Bourke Street mall in a bid to flee police on Thursday afternoon.

Police attempted to pull over a green Mitsubishi Lancer at about 4.55pm on Swanston Street, the car sped off and turned down Bourke Street Mall, travelling at speed along the tram tracks before crashing into a bollard.

Police drew their firearms, and a male passenger ran from the vehicle toward Elizabeth Street.

The driver of the car did a U-turn back along Bourke Street.

Several witnesses were left shaken by what unfolded, given the 2017 Bourke Street tragedy.

The car was found on Ashworth Street in Albert Park at about 6.40pm, with no number plates.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

The driver and passenger both remain on the run.

Police don’t believe the driver was intending to cause harm to pedestrians, but was taking evasive action to avoid police.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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