Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sarah Palin’s son Track arrested in Alaska on domestic violence charges

Track Palin, the son of former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, appeared in an Alaska courtroom on Saturday facing charges of domestic violence.

The 29-year-old was arrested late Friday night after an altercation involving a female acquaintance, whose identity has not been publicized.

Hauled off to jail

Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance call at a residence in Wasilla. After arriving on the scene, law enforcement determined that Mr. Palin “assaulted an acquaintance at his residence,” according to an online daily dispatch published by the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

“When the acquaintance attempted to call authorities, he prevented her by taking away her phone,” the police report said. When troopers attempted to take Palin into custody, he physically resisted.

Palin faces four charges in relation to the Friday night altercation, including fourth-degree assault, interfering with a domestic violence report, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. He appeared in court Saturday morning, where he said he was “not guilty, for sure.” 

Palin is currently being held at the Palmer Correctional Facility on a $500 unsecured bond. If released, he may be ordered to wear a pretrial ankle bracelet that would confine him to his home.

The former Alaska governor’s son has also been instructed to stay away from the alleged victim. If he must contact her, Palin was told to do so through some form of written communication.

Repeat offender

This isn’t Mr. Palin’s first run-in with law enforcement, nor is it the first time he has been involved in a domestic violence dispute. Sarah Palin had to call the police and have her son hauled off to jail last December after he beat his father, Todd Palin, for refusing to loan him his truck.

In that case, Palin was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, and criminal mischief. He was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and painkillers at the time of his arrest.

A year earlier, in January 2016, Palin was arrested for another domestic violence offense, this time for beating up his girlfriend and a weapons-related violation.

Blowing off steam

Sarah Palin has been criticized in the past for linking her son’s domestic violence arrests with then-President Barack Obama’s treatment of veterans. At a 2016 rally endorsing Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, the former governor talked about her son’s military service.

“They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” Palin said of veterans.

“It starts from the top,” she continued. “the question though that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder: ‘Do you know what we go through, do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?’”

Track Palin served in the Alaska-based 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, known as the “Arctic Wolves,” and was deployed to Iraq as an enlisted infantryman during his mother’s 2008 vice presidential bid.

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