Man remains in custody after Port Sorell incident

A man remains in custody following an incident near Port Sorell this morning.

Police received a number of emergency calls regarding a man carrying a knife and driving erratically in the Narawntapu National Park near Port Sorell about 9.45am.

Inspector Steve Jones said that police and family held serious concerns for the man’s welfare.

“The man allegedly drove through Port Sorell, hitting multiple vehicles before crashing at the intersection of Wilmot and Griffiths Streets. No members of the public were injured during the incident, however two members of the public bravely came to the aid of two other people after their vehicle was crashed into by the vehicle driven by the man,” he said.

“The man was quickly disarmed by police officers with the deployment of OC spray and safely taken into custody a short time later.”

The man received minor injuries in the incident and has been transported to the North-West Regional Hospital for medical assessment.

Inspector Jones thanked the Port Sorell community for their assistance in providing information leading to the man being safely taken into custody.

“This was a traumatic incident for everyone involved, and I’d like to thank the community as well as other members of the public for their understanding and help in safely resolving the situation,” Inspector Jones said.

The scene is now clear and investigations are continuing.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or the vehicle who hasn’t already spoken to police should contact Police on 131444 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au

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