Track Palin on house arrest, staff to monitor pill count
Staff will monitor the number of prescription pills in 28-year-old Track Palin's home, among other conditions of his release on domestic-violence assault charges set in state court Wednesday.
Track was allegedly drinking while on painkillers when he entered his family home through a window, beat his father and called police "peasants," according to a police report written by a responding officer.
During a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, Track was also barred from having illicit drugs, alcohol or weapons in his possession. Under the Alaska Pretrial Services, he will be put on house arrest (electronic monitoring). Other terms include being drug tested at least three times a week, give a list of prescription drugs and a mental health assessment by January 8.
In the police report, officers responded to the Palin home in Wasilla on December 16 after receiving a complaint from Track’s mother, Sarah Palin, saying he was “freaking out and on some type of medication.” While police were en route, an update came in saying Track had broken through a window into the home and was fighting his father, Todd Palin.
When officers arrived, they found two vehicles, one with Todd who appeared to have “blood dripping from his face” and Sarah in another vehicle who was “visibly upset,” the report stated.
Officers were told that Track was inside the home alone. So police made attempts to get him to come out. Eventually, Track came out the front door and stood on the porch.
“Communication was attempted which failed due to Track yelling and calling myself and other officers ‘peasants’ and telling us to ‘lay our guns on the ground’ before approaching the residence,” the officer wrote.
Track walked back inside and at one point, he exited through an upstairs window onto the roof of the garage.
“He moved around in a strange manner and assumed a prone position just behind the roof line in what appeared to be an attempt to locate officers on the property,” according to the officer.
A few seconds later, Track went back inside through the window.
Police say around 10 to 15 minutes after that, they were able to talk him into coming back outside where he was arrested and taken into custody without incident.
Track was read his Miranda rights and he told officers he had a few beers before he got into a disagreement with his father over a vehicle.
According to the police report, Track said he drove over to his family’s house and when he arrived, his father, Todd, had a gun in his hand. When Track tried to open the front door to the home, which wouldn’t open, and that was when he said to his father, to “shoot him” several times. Track went on to say that his father tapped the barrel of the gun on the window and that was when Track punched through the window.
“Track stated he then went through the broken window and disarmed Todd and put him on the ground.”
Track said while Todd was on the ground, he started hitting Todd in the head. Eventually, Todd was able to get away from Track and out of the home, the police report read.
According to the police report, Todd told officers the argument started when Track called wanting to come get his truck. Track was told to come back because he was on pain medication and had been drinking. Track then told Todd he was going to beat his ass. That was when Todd said he armed himself with a pistol to “protect his family.”
“When Track arrived, Todd decided that he was not going to shoot his son when Track came through the window,” the police officer wrote.
Todd had several cuts on his head and had liquid coming from his ears, according to the report.
Track was arraigned Sunday morning on multiple charges including domestic violence burglary, domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal mischief.
KTVA previously reported charges against Palin in January of 2016 when he reportedly punched and kicked his girlfriend at the Palin family home in Wasilla, then threatened to shoot himself with a rifle. Alcohol was reportedly involved.
He was charged in that incident with three misdemeanor counts including assault, interfering with reporting a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
CourtView shows he pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon while intoxicated in September of 2016; the other charges against him were dismissed by prosecutors.
On Wednesday, the judge lifted a no-contact order so Track can have contact with his parents. However, he cannot visit their residence.
A $5,000 cash performance was issued; he is scheduled to appear in court again on January 8.
Track Palin is a combat veteran who served a year in Iraq starting in 2008.
An attorney for the Palin family replied to KTVA's request for comment on this story with the following statement:
Given the nature of actions addressed [Saturday] night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further. They ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.
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