Is Track Palin Struggling with Domestic Violence and Drinking after Military Service?

Track Palin, oldest son of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, was arraigned Sunday December 17th on domestic violence charges including felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault, and misdemeanor criminal mischief for property damage estimated between $250 and $999. All the charges stem from an alleged domestic violence incident  with an unknown victim(s) on Saturday December 16th . It is unknown if Palin entered a plea at arraignment. Palin is being held at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, Alaska. It is Track Palin’s second arrest for domestic violence charges in two years. Track was inebriated at the time of the first arrest and was asked to complete an alcohol program as part of a plea deal in 2016. Palin is divorced and the father of two children.

Palin has had issues with domestic violence before when he was arrested in 2016 for assaulting his then girlfriend, Jordan Loewe, and threatening her with a gun. Loewe was found to have bruising and swelling of the left eye where Palin allegedly punched her with a closed fist. Loewe stated Palin also kicked her and threw away her cell phone to prevent her calling 911 for assistance. She reported Palin had threatened to commit suicide with the AR-15 in his possession at the time of the incident.

Palin had a right eye injury and was found to be intoxicated  with a blood alcohol of 0.189 at the time of his arrest. He tried to hide under a bed and, when found, was “uncooperative, belligerent, and evasive” according to police reports. For that incident, he was charged with domestic violence assault, interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence crime, and possessing weapons while intoxicated.

A plea agreement led to the domestic violence assault and interfering with domestic violence reporting charges being dropped. The weapons charge, a class A misdemeanor was punishable with up to a year in jail and $10,000 fine. Palin’s plea deal required he complete an alcohol treatment program to have the weapons charge expunged.

Sarah Palin appeared at a January 2016 rally for then presidential candidate Donald Trump stating that her son’s problems might be related to his military service and suggested Track was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from his deployment in Iraq. She said,

“I can certainly relate with other families who feel these ramifications of some PSTD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with.”

A family attorney would not provide comment on the charges or their circumstances. The Palin attorney, John Tiemessen read a prepared statement,

Given the nature of the actions addressed last 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.”

It remains to be seen if alcohol or drugs played a part in this second alleged incident of domestic violence.