Victorian Police have charged Saeed Noori with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life after allegedly driving into a crowd of Christmas shoppers on Thursday.
The 32-year old Heidelberg West man is due to face the Melbourne Magistrate’s court this afternoon.
Noori was arrested shortly after the incident, which was the second serious attack by vehicle in Melbourne this year.
Police allege that he deliberately drove a white four-wheel drive into pedestrians at the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth Street.
19 people were taken to hospital for their injuries, with 12 still in hospital and three of those remain in critical condition.
Nine of those injured were from other nations including South Korea, China, Italy, India, Venezuela, Ireland and New Zealand.
Police claim that Noori has suffered from mental health problems and is known to use drugs, and the incident is likely not terrorism related.
Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said there will be increased police presence at a number of Melbourne events, including the Boxing Day Test Cricket, carols and other sports events.