updated 9/23/2008 3:58:16 PM ET 2008-09-23T19:58:16

A Portland woman who allegedly set a tow truck on fire as the driver was preparing to take her car faces arson and criminal mischief charges.

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Elizabeth Allen, 20, was arraigned last week on allegations of first-degree arson, reckless burning and second-degree criminal mischief, The Oregonian reported.

According to court papers, the tow-truck driver went to a Portland apartment complex on Sept. 16 to tow an illegally parked car and became surrounded by an angry crowd.

The tow driver offered to release the car for $150, according to his company's policy, but police said the woman instead threatened to set the truck on fire.

The driver locked himself in the cab of his truck and called 911. Soon after, witnesses told him his truck was ablaze. He put the flames out with a fire extinguisher.

Allen was arrested later that day.

The woman's bond was set at $225,000 pending her next court date.

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