Daly City Man Accused Of Torching Cadillac In DMV Lot

DALY CITY (CBS / AP) — A 64-year-old Daly City man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he torched a Cadillac parked at his local DMV office because he was angry his own car had been towed away for having expired tags.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday that Hugo Carranza was charged with felony vandalism and arson after he allegedly doused the Cadillac’s tires with oil or gas and lit them on fire Monday.

A surveillance camera caught the actions on video, and Carranza turned himself into a Daly City police officer who showed up to investigate.

Wagstaffe said the vehicle did not belong to a DMV employee, but Carranza thought it did.

Carranza had told the San Francisco police officer who arranged for the tow in October he needed his car for his house cleaning business.

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