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Man Charged After Melbourne CBD Sent Into Lockdown

A man has been charged after allegedly driving erratically and bringing Melbourne's CBD to a standstill Wednesday afternoon.

Streets were placed in lockdown  after a driver was seen and filmed standing on top of a silver sedan and yelling into a crowd of spectators.  Witnesses claimed the man was yelling for police to 'stop him'.

Victoria Police officers responded to the incident and asked everyone to avoid the area.

Police later confirmed a 26-year-old man was arrested. It's alleged the man was driving erratically along Flinders St about 1.50pm.

He has since been charged.

No one was injured during the incident.

Victorian police search a car on William Street in the Melbourne CBD on Wednesday. Image: AAP

"The Critical Incident Response Team and local police arrested the man at the intersection of William St," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Police allege a backpack was found in the car when the man was arrested near William St.

It's understood nothing suspicious was found.

A number of road closures were put in place during the police operation, including Flinders and King St, Flinders St and Market St, Queensbridge, William St and Flinders St.

A witness told 10 daily he was having lunch in the area when "about 10 police cars" swarmed the scene.

Victorian police search a car on William Street in the Melbourne CBD on Wednesday, February 5. Image: AAP

CBD public transport was also affected on Wednesday afternoon, with some train services cancelled and trams either diverted or not running.

The man was charged with reckless conduct endangering life and several traffic offences.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

With AAP