The incident happened on Sunday at 4.30am in Geylang. According to an eyewitness, the plainclothes officers had shouted at the man to stay put just as he was boarding a taxi. In a panic, the man ran off.
The policemen gave chase and along Geylang Lorong 25, the man suddenly turned around and splashed them with kerosene. He held up a cigarette and threatened to set them ablaze if they continued their pursuit.
Subsequently, more police backup arrived and 8 officers managed to subdue the man and arrest him.