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Track Palin, son of former Alaska governor, arrested on burglary, assault charges

  • Author: ADN staff and wire reports
  • Updated: December 18, 2017
  • Published December 17, 2017

Update: This story has been updated with a new post: Track Palin arrested for assaulting his father, Todd Palin

Original story: Track Palin, the eldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was in jail on Sunday facing assault and burglary charges.

Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer earlier in the day on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed. The records indicated all the charges involved domestic violence.

It is not clear whether he entered a plea to the charges.

"Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further," the family's attorney, John Tiemessen, said in a statement on Sunday.

"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."

Court records did not indicate whether an attorney had been appointed for Palin.

A representative for Sarah Palin could not immediately be reached.

After his arrest on Saturday, he remained in custody at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer on Sunday afternoon, said Megan Edge, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Corrections.

In 2016, he faced several charges related to domestic violence, including using a weapon while intoxicated, court records show. The case was resolved in a special veterans' court, with a conviction on a misconduct charge.

His involvement in a fight at a family gathering in 2014 also drew wide attention. Authorities did not file criminal charges in the incident.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, rose to national prominence after being selected as U.S. Sen. John McCain's running mate in his failed 2008 presidential bid against Democrat Barack Obama.

Track Palin's previous legal troubles have prompted his mother in the past to question the support available for military veterans like him who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Reuters contributed to this story. 

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