Sarah Palin’s eldest son was arrested over the weekend on domestic violence charges. He was arraigned on Sunday, NBC reports. Details about the incident, which happened on Saturday in Wasilla, Alaska, have not been released.
An attorney for former Alaska Gov. Sarah and her husband gave the following statement: “Given the nature of 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.”
According to the Associated Press, Track does not have an attorney listed for him at this time.
This wasn’t the first time Track, 28, was arrested on domestic violence charges.
He was also arrested in January 2016 in the same town (where his mother used to serve as mayor) after his girlfriend claimed that Track "struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist.”Police found her hiding under a bed, crying, when they responded to that 911 call. The girlfriend accused Track of punching her in the face, kicking her and using his AR-15 to threaten suicide. Track pleaded guilty to some of those charges, including misconduct involving weapons. At the time, Sarah blamed her son’s behavior on Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder after his deployment in Iraq. She has also blamed former President Obama for not doing enough for veterans.
"My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country," Sarah said in 2016. She has five children, and Track is the oldest.
After the first domestic violence arrest, Track’s then-girlfriend filed for custody of the couple’s child. She also filed a protective order against him, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Track now faces a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge in the most recent arrest for allegedly causing about $1,000 in property damage during the unspecified domestic violence altercation.
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