The son of former presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been ordered to spend one year in custody after a judge ruled Wednesday that allegations of hitting a woman on the head disqualified him from a therapeutic program for veterans tied to a separate assault case.
Track Palin, 29, has been accused of three attacks on people close to him over the past few years, the most recent coming last week against a female acquaintance.
The latest assault led to a judge discharge the Army veteran, who served a year in Iraq, from a veterans court.
Palin problems began late last year when he was arrested in an assault on his father at the Palin family home.
He ended up in veterans court, which gives those suffering from post-war trauma a buffer to help them reintegrate with society when they make mistakes.
But Palin was charged with domestic violence again last weekend.
A female acquaintance said Palin told her that she could not leave his house in Wasilla, took away her phone and then hit her in the head, according to court documents, according to The Associated Press.
The woman said the pair wrestled over the phone and that Palin let her leave after she screamed for help, according to an affidavit by Alaska State Troopers. They said Palin told them that the two were arguing over how they said goodbye and that any injuries the woman had she did to herself
Authorities say he also kicked over a table and threw his head back at a trooper as he was arrested. Palin is in jail facing misdemeanor charges including assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
“A domestic violence case involving the mother of his child, with the child present, and then resisting arrest with three Alaska State Troopers. That’s simply a bridge too far. We just couldn’t allow that,” said Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen.
Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace told Track Palin that he violated conditions of a plea agreement in the earlier case and must report to a halfway house at month’s end.
The Department of Corrections will determine if he serves time at the halfway house or behind bars. Anchorage District Attorney Richard Allen said jail time is unlikely.