Bozeman woman charged with arson after allegedly burning man’s truck

Posted at 2:53 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 16:53:18-04

BOZEMAN – A Bozeman woman is accused of burning the pickup truck of a man she claims is the father of her unborn twins.

Darcy Travagline, 48, was arrested for arson early Wednesday morning. According to court documents, Gallatin County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a pickup truck on fire at a Belgrade residence around 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

The owner of the truck claimed he had not seen Travagline since having a brief relationship with her several years earlier. Travagline allegedly told police, after her arrest, she had been dating the man on-and-off for four years, is pregnant with twins, and that the man is the father.

Court documents state that Travagline showed up at the man’s house, demanding he let her stay. The man said he refused and asked her to leave. She later returned and entered the house through the back door, and again the man refused to let her stay. He did not see her again but thought she might be responsible for starting the fire.

The reporting deputy spotted Travagline walking on Frontage Road in Belgrade. She flagged the deputy down and requested a ride to the airport. According to the deputy, she admitted at that time that she left a lit cigarette in the seat of the truck and that it was on fire when she left. She was arrested and taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center.

Travagline reportedly waived her rights and said that she intended to burn the seat, but not the entire truck. In Justice Court on Thursday, her bail was set at $25,000. Her preliminary hearing is set for May 25.

MTN’s Mederios Babb and David Dyas contributed to this report.