Man charged after alleged petrol attack on police

A MAN who allegedly threw petrol at police officers after trying to cut down a power pole with a chainsaw, has been charged with numerous offences relating to a stand-off at a home in Sydney's west earlier this week.

On Tuesday, officers from Quakers Hill Local Area Command were called to a Riverstone home following reports a man was attempting to cut down a power pole with a chainsaw.

When police approached and attempted to speak with the 51-year-old man, it's alleged he threw petrol over the officers.

The officers entered the front yard and used OC spray and a taser in an attempt to arrest him.

When the taser was deployed, the man's clothing caught fire and police had to extinguish the flames.

He ran inside his home and refused to leave the property but later emerged and was taken to Westmead Hospital under police guard for treatment to minor burns.

Police say he is still in hospital seeking treatment for a pre-existing condition.

He was charged yesterday with burn/maim etc using corrosive fluid, resist or hinder police in the execution of duty, and destroy or damage property.

He faced a bed-side hearing yesterday afternoon and was refused bail.

He is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on  April 15.



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