Tow Truck Arsonist: She Lost Her Mind in Oregon

September 23, 2008
vintage tow truck

vintage tow truck

A Portland, Ore., woman seemed to take Loretta Lynn and Jack White's lyrics to heart when she allegedly set fire to the tow truck preparing to take her car away: "Well, I lost my heart/it didn't take no time. But that ain't all. I lost my mind in Oregon..."

According to the AP Wire, it started when the tow truck driver pulled into the apartment complex where the woman's car was illegally parked. His truck was quickly swarmed by an angry mob. The driver bargained with the woman, offering to release her vehicle for $150, but according to police, the woman threatened to set the driver's truck on fire if he did not release her car.

After locking himself in the cab and calling 911, the driver noticed his truck was ablaze but managed to kill the flames with an extinguisher. The woman faces arson and criminal mischief charges, and her bond was set at $225,000.--Colin Mathews

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