A man accused of setting his Chevy Blazer ablaze in a possibly meth-fueled fury last month pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday, said the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Joe David Sosa, 35, faces charges of malicious arson and being under the influence of a controlled substance in connection with an Aug. 29 incident in unincorporated San Mateo County in which prosecutors allege that he poured gasoline over clothes inside his 1994 Chevy Blazer in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue and set the clothes ablaze, which in turn lit up the Blazer.
Prosecutors said Sosa was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time and that he told sheriff’s deputies who arrested him that he thought he was being followed and that he “showed them” by setting his car on fire.
A nearby truck was also scorched in the fire, prosecutors said.
Sosa pleaded not guilty to the charges and was appointed an attorney, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato said.