Clemente Torres - Chandler car explosion

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Chandler man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a car crash at a gas station that left a woman with burns.

Clemente Torres entered his plea during Thursday's arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court.

[RAW VIDEO: Cellphone video of car fire at Chandler gas station]

Prosecutors say the 21-year-old Torres was driving impaired at the time of the Oct. 24 incident. He's accused of aggravated assault, endangerment, leaving scene of a serious injury accident and criminal damage.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Man caused car explosion at Chandler gas pump, police say; 77-year-old woman hurt]

Authorities say Torres filled up his car and lost control of the vehicle after making a U-turn as he pulled out of the gas station. They say Torres' car crashed into another vehicle and a gas pump, which caught fire.

[PHOTOS: Possibly impaired man caused car explosion at Chandler gas station, police say]

A woman pumping gas suffered second-degree burns.

Chandler police say Torres fled the scene but was tracked down and arrested.


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