Man angry with DMV allegedly sets car on fire 

A man enraged with the Daly City DMV allegedly set fire to a car in the employee parking lot on Monday, prosecutors said.

Hugo Carranza, 64, of Daly City, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to arson and vandalism charges in connection with the arson fire that damaged two cars at the DMV branch at 1500 Sullivan Ave.

Carranza was upset the DMV refused to release his car, which had been impounded last October for having an expired registration, according to prosecutors. He had paid some of his fines, but not all, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

And so just after 10 a.m. Monday, Guidotti said, Carranza went to the DMV employee parking lot, picked out a random car, poured the accelerant over its tires and lit it on fire, Guidotti said.

The fire also damaged a second car, California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Tam said.

Carranza initially fled the scene, Tam said, but later turned himself in at the Daly City Police Department.Bail was set Wednesday at $100,000, and his next court date was set for May 7.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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