21 Dec 2013

Man charged after standoff outside NSW Parliament

5:21 am on 21 December 2013

A man has been charged over a dramatic standoff outside Parliament House in the central business district of Sydney on Friday.

The New South Wales Parliament was in lockdown for around two hours as police negotiated with the man on Macquarie Street.

The ABC reports he had driven a white car containing what police believed to be containers of flammable liquid up onto a footpath and demanded that Premier Barry O'Farrell leave the building.

The standoff lasted until police stormed the car with fire extinguishers and crow bars, fearing the driver would set fire to himself with a lighter.

The man was wrestled to the ground before being quickly moved away from the car.

Police were seen removing a fuel can containing a liquid from the passenger side of the car shortly after.

The ABC reports the incident began at about 11.40am and lasted until 2pm.

In a statement, NSW Police said the man was charged with threaten sabotage, possession of explosive/article to damage property and threaten to destroy/damage property.

He is to appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.