Police: Track Palin Broke Into Family Home, Beat Father

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Track Palin, the oldest son of former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been arrested after allegedly breaking into his family home and assaulting his father, Todd Palin, over a truck he wouldn't let his son borrow. 

Track Palin, 28, was taken into custody Dec. 16 after his mother, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, called police saying her son was "freaking out and was on some type of medication," according to the Los Angeles Times. 

The incident occurred at the family's home in Wasilla, Alaska, after Track Palin reportedly called Todd Palin saying he wanted to come get a truck. Todd Palin refused and told his son not to come to the house because Track Palin had reportedly been drinking while on pain medication. 

"Track told him he was going to come anyway to beat his a*s," Wasilla Police Officer Adam LaPointe wrote in an affidavit.

Court filings allege that when Track Palin arrived at the house, Todd Palin met him at the door with a pistol. Track Palin asked his father to shoot him several times before breaking a window, entering the house and assaulting his father, reports the Los Angeles Times. Track Palin allegedly pushed his father down and hit him multiple times in the head. 

When police arrived, Todd and Sarah Palin were fleeing the house. Police approached Track Palin, who reportedly called them "peasants" and told them to drop their weapons. Track Palin managed to get on the garage roof before police arrested him, according to CNN.

Track Palin has been charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. His bail has been set at $5,000, but he is currently still in custody, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The incident isn't Track Palin's first arrest for domestic violence. In 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of punching his girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while intoxicated as part of a deal that dismissed all other charges. 

After the 2016 incident, Sarah Palin attributed her son's actions to PTSD Track Palin suffered after his military service in Iraq. 

"What my own son is going through, what he is going through coming back, I can relate to other families who feel ramifications of PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with," Sarah Palin said at a rally for then-candidate Donald Trump, according to CNN. "And it makes me realize, more than ever, it is now or never for the sake of America's finest that we have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them."

Sources: CNN, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons, Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

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