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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Incensed Driver Sets DMV Employee's Car on Fire

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM

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There's no mystery as to why the DMV brings out the worst in human beings -- those never-ending lines, the surly staff, and don't forget the Bible-thumping hate mail sent to your home.

Apparently, the Department of Motor Vehicles pushed one Daly City man completely over the edge Monday morning when employees refused to give him his car. According to the San Francisco Examiner, 64-year-old Hugo Carranza allegedly went to the employee parking lot, torched an employee's vehicle, and fled the scene. He later turned himself in, and pleaded not guilty yesterday to

arson and vandalism.

Now here's where some of you might muster sympathy for Carranza. It seems he became enraged after trying to get the DMV to release him his car, which had been

impounded last October for expired registration. Although he had paid some of his fines, he still owed the state money, San Mateo

County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti told the Ex.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, Carranza allegedly went to the DMV employee parking lot, picked out a random car, doused its tires with accelerant, and lit it on fire, Guidotti said. The fire also damaged a second car, according to authorities.

So now on top of his unpaid car fines, Carranza has a bail of $100,000.

The DMV will get you every time.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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