03/10/2016 1:32 PM AEDT | Updated 03/10/2016 1:47 PM AEDT

Tassie Woman Allegedly Confronts Police With Chainsaw

The 24-year-old has been taken into police custody.

Bernhard Richter
A woman allegedly armed with a chainsaw has been charged by police.

A young woman who allegedly threatened police officers with a running chainsaw on a residential street in Tasmania has been charged with assault.

The 24-year-old is accused of brandishing the potentially lethal tool at officers on Sunday night after reports of a disturbance at Bateman Court, Claremont.

The woman started the chainsaw and was verbally abusive and threatening towards the officers, repeatedly refused to drop the weapon, police allege.

After a short standoff, police said the woman dropped the chainsaw on Branscombe Road and ran from the area.

She was later arrested and charged with two counts of assaulting police. She will face court at a later date.