Sarah Palin’s Son Arrested for Domestic Assault Hours Before Trump Endorsement

Track Palin, 26, is charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated

Last Updated: January 19, 2016 @ 11:30 PM

The night before former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced her endorsement of Donald Trump, her oldest son was arrested in connection with an alleged drunken domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend.

Track Palin, 26, was charged Tuesday with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated following an incident Monday night at the Wasilla, Alaska, home of his parents (where he lives) according to an affidavit by police, the Associated Press reported.

The girlfriend, who has not been named, told authorities she was punched in the face by Track, who was “uncooperative, belligerent and evasive with my initial line of questioning,” the arresting officer said, according to court documents.

In addition to allegedly injuring the victim, Track was accused of interfering with her attempts to call the police. She said he “struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist,” sending her to the ground, where she curled up into a fetal position, the report stated.

She said he then kicked her in the knee and threw her phone across the driveway. She went back inside the house, where Track held his AR-15 rifle with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side, the affidavit states. The woman told police he was yelling “Do you think I won’t do it?” Fearful that he would shoot himself, she ran away around the house and hid under a bed.

Police say Track had a blood alcohol level of 0.189.

Track, who was deployed in Iraq with the U.S. Army for a year, was arraigned in Palmer District Court on the same day that his mother pledged her support for the current GOP frontrunner.

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,”the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said in a statement provided by his campaign.

Trump is “greatly honored to receive Sarah’s endorsement,” he said in response, adding: “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.”

As for Track, he was released after posting $1,500 bail later Tuesday. The courts didn’t immediately provide the name of a lawyer on record for him.