Police: Sarah Palin's Son Attacked His Father

Track Palin has been arrested on domestic violence charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 18, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2017 1:35 AM CST
Track Palin Accused of Assaulting His Father
FILE--In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, right, holds her son Trig, as she is joined by her family on stage after her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. From left are son, Track, daughter, Bristol...   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, file)

Sarah Palin's oldest son, Track, has been arraigned on charges that he assaulted his father at the family's home in Alaska, the AP reports. Police were called to the home Saturday night after Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, told police her son was "freaking out" and on some type of medication, according to an affidavit by Wasilla Police Officer Adam LaPointe. The affidavit states that Todd Palin was bleeding from cuts on his head. He told police the dispute began when Track Palin, 28, called to retrieve his truck. Todd Palin said he told Track not to come but that his son said he would come anyway to beat him up. Todd Palin told police he got his pistol "to protect his family." Track Palin told police he broke a window, disarmed his father, and put him on the ground.

Track Palin yelled at officers, calling them peasants, and "moved around in a strange manner" before being arrested without incident, the affidavit states. Track Palin told police he "consumed a few beers earlier." Track Palin was arraigned Sunday on domestic violence-related charges of burglary and assault. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week. This is the second time in two years that Track Palin has been arrested in a domestic violence case. In 2016, he was suspected of punching his girlfriend, who then became concerned that he was going to shoot himself with a rifle, court documents said. Sarah Palin indicated when her son was first accused of domestic violence in 2016 that post-traumatic stress disorder might have been a factor. Track Palin served in Iraq for a year in 2008.

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