An Ellwood City woman is in jail after allegedly starting a fire in the vehicle of her boyfriend’s mother.

Borough police were called to a domestic dispute around 9:15 p.m. Thursday on Wampum Avenue near the old sewer plant service road.

When officers arrived, they found Jodi Lynn Vankirk, 34, George “Bobby” McCullough II and Tiffany Ashworth arguing. No ages or addresses were provided McCullough and Ashworth.

Ashworth told officers that a vehicle was on fire at the bottom of the access road. An officer discovered a Jeep Cherokee at the bottom of the hill with its interior smoking. The SUV’s windshield was smashed and the interior fire burned itself out.

The sports utility vehicle belongs to Betty McCullough Klaes, who police say is the mother of George McCullough.

McCullough told officers he picked up Vankirk to help her move to Mahoningtown. They loaded the vehicle and went to Mahoningtown. No one was home and they drove back to Ellwood City.

According to police, the pair decided to have sex and drove down to the old sewer plant road. At some point, the two got into an argument. When the vehicle would not start, McCullough went to get help.

Upon returning, he found Vankirk walking away from the vehicle, which was smoking. He chased her and stopped her at the top of the hill, which is where police found them. Vankirk was intoxicated, police said.

Ashworth was there, too, fighting with Vankirk.

Police arrested Vankirk and charged her with a reckless burning, a felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. She was arraigned yesterday morning before District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright Jr.

Vankirk was taken to the Lawrence County Jail on a $10,000 bond and faces a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3.

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