Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s oldest son has been arrested on suspicion of assault less than a year after being accused of attacking his father at the family’s home.
Alaska State Troopers said Track Palin, 29, resisted arrest as they took him into custody at his Wasilla home on allegations that he assaulted a female acquaintance there late on Friday.
The woman tried to call authorities for help but he grabbed her phone, officers said.
Palin is in jail facing charges including assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He appeared in court on Saturday, where a judge set a 500-dollar unsecured bond with the condition of wearing a monitoring device if released.
Palin, whose mother was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, was arrested over an assault on his father Todd last December. He was accused of breaking into his parents’ home and leaving Todd Palin bleeding from cuts on his head, authorities said.
Track Palin, an Army veteran who served a year in Iraq, was accepted into a therapeutic programme intended to rehabilitate veterans and pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal trespassing in a plea agreement.
His lawyer in that case said he has not been contacted to represent Palin in the new case.
Patrick Bergt said he does not know how the allegations will affect Palin’s standing in Alaska Veterans Court, which gives eligible former service members the option of enrolling in mental health treatment instead of a traditional sentence.
The arrangement called for Palin to serve 10 days in jail if he completed the programme. Otherwise he would serve a year.
Palin family lawyer John Tiemessen said he had no firsthand knowledge of the new case.
Palin also was accused of punching his then-girlfriend in 2016, court documents said. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while intoxicated, and the other charges were dismissed.
Sarah Palin indicated that post-traumatic stress disorder might have been a factor in that case.