The son of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been arrested on charges of domestic assault. And this isn’t the first time he’s landed in trouble with the law.
Track Palin’s Arrest
Track Palin, the oldest son of the former Alaska governor and her husband Todd Palin, was arraigned December 17, 2017 on three counts: felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault, and misdemeanor criminal mischief for causing $250.00 to $999.00 in property damage.
Details are scarce, but it’s alleged that Palin attacked his father while breaking and entering at his parents’ Wasilla, Alaska home on December 16. It is believed that Track Palin is being held at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, Alaska.
He has not yet entered a plea to his charges.
Track Palin’s Past Legal Troubles
Palin has been in trouble with the law before. In January 2016, he was arrested after a 911 call was made from the Palin family home. When the authorities arrived, they found he had been drinking and had a visible wound near his right eye.
His girlfriend, Jordan Loewe, was found hiding underneath a bed. She claimed that Palin had punched her in the side of the head. She alleges that, after she fell to the ground, he kicked her and threatened to kill himself.
Track Palin was charged with domestic violence assault, interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence crime, and possessing weapons while intoxicated.
The first two charges were later dropped after Palin accepted a plea bargain in which he would have to attend an “alcohol-related” treatment program to get the weapons charge expunged from his record.
PTSD or Political Fodder for Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin turned her son’s first arrest into a political weapon against then-President Barack Obama. Track Palin had served in Iraq and Sarah was on the campaign trail for Donald Trump when the 2016 arrest occurred. During a stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she said the following:
“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened. 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 have sacrificially given to this country and that starts at the top.”
Many veterans criticized her for using the arrest and her son’s PTSD to go after a political opponent. There have also been rumors that Track didn’t see actual combat while deployed, leaving the PTSD defense for his actions questionable.