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Sarah Palin’s Son Arrested on Charges of Punching His Girlfriend, Possessing a Gun While Intoxicated

Track Palin sits with Willow Palin, who is holding Trig Palin, on Day Three of the Republican National Convention in September 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

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Sarah Palin’s 26-year-old son, Track Palin, was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska, on Monday night on domestic violence and weapons charges after he allegedly punched and kicked his girlfriend during an argument. The son of the former vice presidential candidate for a mainstream American political party is facing three misdemeanor charges—assault, interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, and possessing a gun while intoxicated.

Here’s more on what transpired from the Alaska Dispatch News:

According to an affidavit filed in the case by Wasilla police officer Andrew Kappler, a woman called 911 just after 10 p.m. Monday to report a man had just “punched her in the face and that a firearm was involved…” Less than 10 minutes later, police arrived at a home along Lake Lucille on the West Parks Highway, where they found Track Palin walking around outside, the affidavit says… Palin claimed to not know where the woman was and denied the involvement of a gun, although he did tell detectives there were firearms in the house. “Due to Palin’s escalating hostility, the unknown whereabouts of the 911 caller, and officer safety, Palin was placed into handcuffs,” Kappler wrote.

The woman was later found hiding and crying under a bed inside. Palin told police he and the woman had been arguing over her communication with an ex-boyfriend… The woman also said the two had been arguing for the better part of the night, and in the driveway of the Palin family home. “Palin approached (her) and struck her on the left side of her face with a closed fist.” The woman then told police she fell to the ground in the fetal position and Palin kicked her in her knee before picking up her phone and throwing it. According to the affidavit, the woman grabbed her phone and went inside, where she said she found Palin holding a gun with the barrel pointed near his face and saying “do you think I won’t do it?” “(The woman) was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house,” Kappler wrote. She eventually hid under the bed, where she was discovered by police.