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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia man is in critical condition after his clothing was caught on fire from being Tasered by police, according to WTVR.

The man was allegedly driving while intoxicated and lost control of his vehicle, according to WTVR.

Police and firefighters said they pulled the man from the vehicle. Then the man began to fight them. Police said they used a Taser at that point to suppress the man, but it caught the man's clothing on fire.

“One officer discharged his Taser at the man in order to bring him under control and this ignited the man’s clothing, which may have come in contact with gasoline during the crash,” Chesterfield Police told WTVR.

According to an email from Chesterfield Police to WTVR, an officer tried to stop the man on suspicion of DUI, but when the officer approached the vehicle, the driver drove away.

Police said they pursued the vehicle, but the drive lost control and rolled several times, which trapped him inside.

Police said fire crews quickly put out the fire and transported the man to a nearby hospital.

The driver's name has not yet been released.

According to police, he was the only one in the vehicle at the time of the accident.