The 29-year-old son of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reportedly appeared in court this Saturday after being arrested the night before on domestic violence charges.
Track Palin was taken into custody by Alaska State Troopers after they received a disturbance call from a Wasilla residence this past Friday night. When authorities arrived on the scene, they found that Track had “assaulted an acquaintance at his residence,” according to an online dispatch.
Local NBC affiliate KTUU reports that Track faces “three Class A misdemeanors” that could send him to jail for up to a year and a $25,000 fine. He also faces a “Class B misdemeanor that allows up to one day in jail and $2,000 fine.”
Palin had reportedly assaulted a female acquaintance at his home. When she attempted to call authorities, he allegedly snatched away her phone.
According to police, Palin physically resisted when they tried to arrest him. When he was in court, he questioned why he faced a resisting arrest charge when there were five troopers on the scene.
Palin is currently being held on a $500 unsecured bond but will need to wear a pretrial ankle bracelet if he’s released. He was ultimately charged with fourth-degree assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime, resisting arrest by force and disorderly conduct, according to court records.
This latest episode comes less than a year after he was arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his parents. The incident, which took place in December, started when his mother called police to report that her son was at her home “freaking out and was on some type of medication.” When police arrived, they found Track wandering around the home while his father, Todd Palin, was bleeding from the head.
From The Washington Post‘s 2017 report on the story:
Track Palin later told police there had been a disagreement over a vehicle, and that when he arrived at his parents’ house, he found his father pointing a gun at him through a window.
“Track stated he told Todd to shoot him several times,” the affidavit stated. “Track said Todd tapped the barrel of the gun on the window so he punched the window breaking the window. Track stated he then went through the broken window and disarmed Todd and put him on the ground.”
While on the ground, Track Palin hit his father repeatedly in the head, the affidavit said. Todd Palin later told police his son said on the phone he was coming over “to beat his a–” and retrieved his pistol for protection.
“When Track arrived Todd decided that he was not going to shoot his son when Track came through the window,” the affidavit stated. “Todd sustained injuries to his face and head in direct result of being hit by Track’s fists. Todd had blood from several cuts on his head and had liquid coming from his ear.”
Track’s first arrest for domestic violence was in January of 2016 after Wasilla police found him at his parents’ home “uncooperative, belligerent and evasive.” His girlfriend of one year was found hiding and crying underneath a bed. She told police she was concerned that he would take his own life with his AR-15 rifle.
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