Chandler man pleads not guilty in crash that burned woman

Chandler police have identified the man seen in this photo as the suspect, Clemente Torres. (Photo: Robert Waite)

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.

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.

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.

Clemente Torres

They say Torres’ car crashed into another vehicle and a gas pump, which caught fire.

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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