A Sydney man who allegedly threw petrol on police had his clothes catch fire when he was tasered as officers attempted to arrest him.

Police were called to a house on Regent Street at Riverstone in Sydney’s west about 11:15am following reports a man was trying to cut down a power pole with a chainsaw.

The 51-year-old man allegedly threw petrol over the officers who approached him.

When police tried to subdue the man with pepper spray and then taser him, the man’s clothing caught on fire. The flames were extinguished by police.

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