Former Atascadero mayoral candidate Charles Scovell plead not guilty in court Wednesday.
Scovell is facing charges of arson, evading an officer and resisting arrest.
The 40-year-old was taken into custody August 26 following a house fire, high-speed pursuit and hours-long standoff in Atascadero.
On Tuesday, the judge ordered Scovell to have no contact with his mother.
Scovell's bail is set at $520,000.
He is due back in court next week.