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Track Palin arrested for assault and interfering with report of domestic violence

By KTVA CBS 11 News 2:46 PM January 19, 2016
ANCHORAGE –

The 26-year-old son of Sarah Palin was arrested in connection with an domestic violence incident.

Wasilla police were dispatched to a home on the 1100 block of the Parks Highway after receiving two phone calls. The first was a woman reporting that “a male had punched her in the face and that a firearm was involved,” police said in an affidavit. The second call was from someone who identified themselves as Track Palin.

When police arrived at the home, owned by Sarah and Todd Palin, Track Palin came outside. The responding officer described Track Palin’s behavior as “uncooperative, belligerent and evasive” while he was being questioned about the calls. The officer also noted a strong smell of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. Track Palin said he did not know where the woman who had called 911 was, and was put into handcuffs due to his “escalating hostility,” court records show.

After detaining Track Palin, officers were able to locate the woman who called 911 hiding under a bed inside the home, crying.

After speaking with both the woman and Track Palin, police were able to determine the woman was in a relationship with Track Palin, and the incident began when he became angry that she was in contact with her ex-boyfriend. The two confirmed they were arguing during a drive to the residence and in the driveway.

The woman claimed Track Palin was calling her names, and in an effort to calm him down and “to scare him away from ‘touching her,’” she told him she had called the police.

“Palin approached [the woman] and struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist,” police said in court documents. “Palin then kicked [her] on the right knee.”

The woman said he then grabbed her phone, which was on the ground next to her, and threw it across the driveway. She was able to retrieve the phone and headed inside the residence. Track Palin was reportedly already inside the residence and had a gun. She said he yelled, “do you think I won’t do it,” among other things, and was holding the gun in a way she believed he would kill himself. She ran out and then went and hid, police said.

Track Palin denied using a weapon during the altercation, “but stated that they were spread throughout both residences on the property,” police noted.

Track Palin had an injury on his face he claimed was caused when she “threw a bow,” or her elbow, at his face. The woman had a visible head injury, according to police, and was complaining of pain in her leg.

Further investigation revealed the woman had tried to call police multiple times, but that “her phone was likely broken when it was thrown.”

Track Palin was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault, fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and interfering with a report of domestic violence.

He was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Palmer court. His bail was set at $1,500 cash corporate. According to court records, he is being held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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