Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's oldest son Track was arrested in their hometown Wasilla on Monday and charged with domestic violence and possessing a weapon while intoxicated. He was released on $1,500 bail later that day. The family's attorney, John Tiemessen, issued a statement saying "We appreciate the press respecting the family's privacy as Track receives the help that he and many of our returning veterans need."
According to police records obtained by Gawker, Wasilla police went to a home owned by Sarah and Todd Palin police after receiving a 911 call from a woman who said that she had been punched in the face by a male who also had a gun. Police then received a call from Track Palin, who said that the woman who previously called them was drunk. When they showed up Track Palin was outside, with a visible eye injury and breath that smelled like alcohol, and was being "uncooperative, belligerent and evasive." They arrested him due to his “escalating hostility” and to the “unknown whereabouts” of the victim.
When police found the victim, reportedly Palin's girlfriend of one year, she was “hiding and crying underneath a bed." She told them that earlier that night Palin had hit her in the face, kicked her, and threatened to kill himself while holding a rifle to his head.
Prior to this, Track Palin's run-ins with police have been mostly limited to traffic violations. In 2014, the entire family was involved in a "backwoods brawl at a snowmobile party," (uh huh, go on) in which Bristol Palin reportedly punched a guy in the face "like six times," but while police were called to the scene, no charges were filed. In a statement to the New York Times, the Anchorage Police Department mentioned that "alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident." Oh, really?
Palin's arrest comes on the heels of his mother's official endorsement of Donald Trump for the Republican Party presidential candidate. No word on if the two incidents are related. Probably not.