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Track Palin hit ex-girlfriend repeatedly and tried to head-butt a trooper, charging documents say

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: October 1, 2018
  • Published October 1, 2018

FILE — Track Palin appears in Palmer District Court Dec. 20, 2017, for a bail hearing related to charges of assault and burglary stemming from an incident at his parents’ house in Wasilla. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

PALMER — Track Palin, son of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, was arrested for the second time in two years on charges he assaulted the mother of his son.

Palin in June also pleaded guilty to assaulting his father, Todd, at the family home in Wasilla last year.

The criminal charges from this latest arrest could derail Palin's eligibility for a therapeutic veterans court program, sending him to jail for a year.

Palin's ex-girlfriend told Alaska State Troopers he hit her repeatedly on the head late Friday, according to charging documents filed in Palmer court over the weekend.

Then, when three troopers came to his Meadow Lakes home to arrest him, the 29-year-old fought with them and tried to head-butt one, says a sworn affidavit filed by Trooper Jason Sommerville.

Palin remained jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer on Monday afternoon.

A judge during a hearing Saturday set Palin's bail at $500 unsecured and release on electronic monitoring.

The domestic-violence assault charges filed Saturday against him mark the second time Palin has been arrested for attacking his ex-girlfriend, Jordan Loewe. The two have a young son together.

Loewe came to his house Friday to drop off their son, according to the affidavit. Palin blocked her exit when she tried to leave, Loewe told Sommerville. Then he told her she couldn't go.

She told him she'd call police, and Palin took away her phone, Sommerville wrote. "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."

Loewe told the trooper she went back into the house to get her son and take him with her, as Palin continued to hit her in the head and buttocks, the document says. She got her phone back from Palin after wrestling with him while screaming for help.

Loewe, who told the trooper that Palin had pulled a gun on her in the past and "gets violent very quickly," was frightened of the situation escalating, Sommerville wrote. She got away — with their son — to a nearby gas station and called for help just after 10:30 p.m.

Medics found scratches on her arm and redness on the back of her head and neck, he said.

Sommerville, together with another trooper and a sergeant, drove to Palin's home and saw him sitting on a couch, according to the affidavit. It took repeated attempts to get Palin to come to the door.

Palin said Loewe calling troopers is her "power move" and that she actually assaulted him, Sommerville wrote. Palin refused to provide more information.

The trooper described a chaotic arrest after that.

Sommerville told Palin he was under arrest and ordered him to stand while grabbing his right arm and starting to put his hand behind his back, the affidavit says. He kicked over a coffee table when Sommerville and the sergeant tried to get his arms behind his back. The sergeant pulled Palin to the ground, and Sommerville tossed out of reach a knife that fell out of Palin's pocket.

Sommerville put Palin in handcuffs and escorted him to his patrol car, the affidavit says. Palin was struggling and then threw his head back toward Sommerville's face. The trooper tried to avoid the blow and lost his balance near a ditch, sending both men to the ground.

He held Palin down and with the other trooper adjusted the handcuffs before getting him on his feet and into the back of the car, the affidavit says. Sommerville took Palin to the hospital for a check of his wrist, which he said hurt from the cuffs, before he was medically cleared and taken to jail.

Palin was arrested Saturday on charges of fourth-degree assault, interfering with a domestic violence report, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Palin, who served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq for a year, served with the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The June guilty plea for the assault of Todd Palin was part of Track Palin's enrollment in Anchorage Veterans Court. He promised to undergo treatment in exchange for lighter penalties

The new charges could result in the removal of Palin from veterans court, according to the attorney involved in that case.

Palin agreed to spend a year in jail if he didn't complete the program.

A veterans court judge is expected to make a decision on his status during a hearing Wednesday afternoon.

In mid-2016, Track Palin entered a plea deal for two years of probation following a domestic violence arrest at the family home in January that year.

That incident also involved Loewe, according to charging documents filed in the case.

Palin also tried veterans court that year but failed to complete the program.

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