Sarah Palin's Son Track Gets Substance Abuse Treatment As Part Of Plea Deal

By McCarton Ackerman 07/22/16

A Veterans Affairs diversion program allowed Track Palin, who was deployed for a year in Iraq, to choose treatment over jail time. 

Sarah Palin's Son Track Gets Substance Abuse Treatment As Part Of Plea Deal
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Sarah Palin’s son, Track, is headed to treatment. The 27-year-old will undergo an “alcohol-related” treatment program as part of a plea deal after allegedly attacking his girlfriend while intoxicated in January.

People reported that Track was initially charged with three misdemeanors: misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree, domestic-violence assault and interfering with the report of a domestic-violence crime. The latter two charges were dropped by the prosecution as part of a plea deal he took on July 11. The weapons charge, which he pleaded guilty to, will be dropped if he completes the treatment program.

His attorney, Kevin T. Fitzgerald, told Radar Online that his client “has been assessed” by Veterans Affairs (Track was deployed for a year in Iraq) and will receive his proposed treatment plan at a later hearing. If Track doesn’t complete the program, he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 for the remaining weapons charge.

In January, the Associated Press reported that Track had a .189 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest in Wasilla, Alaska, more than double the legal limit. Court documents claim that his girlfriend of one year had an injured knee after Track kicked her there while she lay in the fetal position, as well as swelling and bruising around her left eye after being punched in the face. She also expressed concern he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle after he pointed the weapon inches from his face and declared, “Do you think I won’t do it?”

When police arrived at the scene, Track had an injured right eye and was reportedly visibly drunk. He was belligerent and increasingly hostile when interacting with law enforcement officials, prompting officer Andrew Kappler to handcuff him.

Mercede Johnston, whose brother Levi Johnston fathered Bristol Palin’s child Tripp, told Playboy in an August 2011 interview that Track was a drug addict. Mercede, who briefly dated Track, said that “he did Oxycontin and mostly cocaine.” 

In October 2014, Radar Online leaked exclusive police audio from a drunken Palin family brawl that Track was part of in the previous month. No charges were filed, but a police report indicated that he had blood around his mouth and hands, and behaved aggressively until Sarah told him to go speak with a police officer.

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