Sarah Palin's oldest son charged with beating up his father


The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was arraigned Sunday on domestic violence charges, according to online court records. He told police the dispute began when Track Palin called wanting to get his truck. Todd told police he got his pistol "to protect his family".

When police arrived, they saw Todd leaving in one vehicle and Sarah leaving in another.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Palin called police at 8:30 p.m. and said her son was "freaking out and was on some type of medication". It said he admitted to drinking a few beers earlier that night.

Track was the handcuffed and arrested on felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief for causing up to $500 in property damage.

Track Palin, who his mother has said suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has been arrested previously. According to court records, she was granted custody of their child in May 2017 after a contested hearing. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week.

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Todd was able to escape while bleeding from his head and ears, and he and Sarah left the house with Track inside.

"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", Tiemessen continued.

While the charges of assault and interfering with a police report were dismissed, Track ultimately plead guilty to brandishing a weapon.

In January 2016, Palin was arrested on similar domestic violence charges, including assault in the fourth degree, interference with a domestic violence report, and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree. The three charges were related to domestic violence.

Sarah Palin later said while campaigning for President Trump that the incident was brought on by PTSD from serving in Iraq and, in part, by then-President Obama's "neglect of veterans".

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