Track Palin Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Girlfriend says he hit her, threatened to shoot himself
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2016 2:31 AM CST
Track Palin Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge
This Sept. 3, 2008, file photo shows Track Palin, son of Sarah Palin, during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

While Sarah Palin was endorsing Donald Trump in Iowa, her oldest child was facing domestic violence charges in Alaska. According to court documents obtained by Gawker, Track Palin, 26, was arrested at his parents' home on Monday night after an ugly incident in which he allegedly punched and kicked his girlfriend before threatening to shoot himself. In an affidavit, a police officer says he went to a Wasilla residence after separate 911 calls were received from the woman and from Palin, who told dispatchers the woman was drunk. The officer says that when he saw Palin outside, "his eyes were bloodshot and I detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person. Upon contacting Palin, he was uncooperative, belligerent, and evasive with my initial line of questions."

The officer says he handcuffed Palin, and other officers found the woman hiding under a bed in the residence. According to the affidavit, she said that after an altercation in which Palin hit her in the face and threw her phone, she went inside and "found Palin holding a gun with the barrel pointed near his face and saying, 'Do you think I won't do it?'" KTUU reports that Palin was released on bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to fourth-degree assault, interfering with a domestic violence report, and misconduct involving a weapon. A Palin family attorney tells the AP that the family wants privacy while Track, who spent a year in Iraq while serving in the Army, "receives the help that he and many of our returning veterans need." (In 2014, Track and other Palins were involved in a huge brawl.)

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