Track Palin could face expulsion from Veterans Court, automatic jail time
Track Palin's latest arrest on domestic-violence charges threatens his freedom and participation in Anchorage's therapeutic Veterans Court program.
Palin, an Army veteran and the 29-year-old son of former Gov. Sarah Palin, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault, interfering with the report of a domestic-violence crime, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, in a case similar to one in which he was charged nearly two years ago.
Alaska State Troopers responded at about 10:30 p.m. Friday to a West Angela Drive home in Wasilla for a report of a disturbance, according to an online dispatch.
According to a criminal complaint against Track written by Trooper Jason Somerville, Jordan Loewe, Track's ex-girlfriend, told Troopers Track attempted to keep her from leaving as she was dropping their son off at his home.
"Track told Jordan 'you have to at least give me a hug before you leave' so she gave him a hug and tried to leave. Track told her 'you can't leave.' Jordan told Track 'if you don't let me leave I'm going to call the police' and pulled out her phone. Track took Jordan's phone away from her. Jordan made it outside to her vehicle in the driveway and was in the driver seat when Track followed her out and was on top of her, hitting her in the head. Jordan told me she went back inside to get [the child] and take him with her. While Jordan was walking inside Track continued to hit her in the back of the head and butt. Jordan got [the child] back out to the vehicle and buckled him in the car seat. Jordan was able to get her phone back from Track while standing outside the vehicle. Jordan said she was wrestling with Track over the phone and screaming for help. Jordan believed her screaming is what caused Track to give up the phone and allow her to get in the vehicle and leave. Jordan told me she was scared of things escalating because of their past history. She told me Track had pulled a gun on her in the past and gets violent very quickly."
According to the charging document, Track did not immediately open the door to troopers and described Loewe's call to authorities as a "power move." He told them she had actually assaulted him but did not elaborate.
Track then allegedly resisted as troopers tried to arrest him.
"Track threw his head backwards toward my face and I moved back to avoid being struck in the face," Somerville wrote.
The struggle caused both Somerville and Track to fall to the ground.
Track was also arrested for domestic-violence assault after a similar incident in January 2016, as a result of an altercation with Loewe, who was his girlfriend at the time.
A 2017 domestic-violence assault case in which troopers say he struck his father has been heard this year in Alaska’s Veterans Court.
Track was in custody at the time of his weekly Veteran's Court hearing on Monday and was not transported to Anchorage from the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.
Judge David Wallace, who presides over the program offering veterans who are charged with crimes therapy instead of jail time, will decide in a Wednesday hearing whether Track will remain in the program.
Anchorage District Attorney Richard Allen called Track's latest arrest "unexpected," and said he was disappointed to learn about it. Allen previously stated that Track had been accepted into Veterans Court once before and that this would be his second and last chance at completing the program.
In order to participate, veterans must plead guilty to at least one charge against them, something Track did in June. His deal involved pleading to one misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing in the first degree for a sentence of 10 days in jail with successful completion of the program.
According to his agreement with the state, if he fails Veterans Court or is expelled from the program based on his latest arrest, Track will have to serve a year in jail for the 2017 case.
Allen said Monday that the new case against Track constitutes a "serious violation of his conditions."
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