Sarah Palin’s Son Track Trades Jail For Rehab In A Sweet Plea Deal

After his arrest back in January, it seemed likely that Track Palin, eldest son of Sarah Palin, was going to do at least some time in jail, but thanks to a diversion program for veterans, it sounds like it will be a rehab program rather than jail or prison for Track Palin in his violent domestic violence arrest while under the influence. In the time leading up to the plea deal, Track Palin wrapped up a modified custody arrangement with his ex-wife, which minimizes the amount of time he can spend with his child.

According to the Inquisitr, Track Palin, 26, now divorced with one child, got into a physical altercation with a woman he was dating at the home of Sarah Palin. After Track Palin’s wife filed for divorce, claiming substance abuse and erratic behavior, Track Palin was back living in the home of Todd and Sarah Palin. The night of Track Palin’s arrest, he had assaulted the woman he was dating and pulled an AK-47, threatening her, and then expressing to police that he was going to kill himself. Police revealed that at the time of the incident, Track Palin was over the legal blood alcohol level. In addition to Track Palin, other underage children live in the Palin home.

Salon reviewed the details of Track Palin’s crime and arrest that January night at the Palin home. Police claim that a woman first called them to say that a male had punched her in the face and that firearms were involved. Next, a male, now identified as Track Palin, claimed that the woman was drunk and didn’t mean to call.

When the police arrived, “his eyes were bloodshot, and there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person.” He was “uncooperative, belligerent, and evasive with my initial line of questions,” and observed “bruising and swelling around her left eye” and “a small red area near her knee.”

Track Palin has had other brushes with the police, notably at a family party where police had to be called, once again for drunken violence. No arrests were made at that time. Sarah Palin has claimed that all of her son Track’s problems stem from PTSD from his time in the military, but in the time that Track Palin served in the Arctic Wolves, they saw no combat at all. But this hasn’t stopped former vice presidential candidate Palin for using PTSD as an excuse for Track Palin’s behavior and arrest.

“When my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate to other families who feel these ramifications of PTSD… our soldiers do return with. And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we have a commander-in-chief who will respect them. They have to question if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America?’”

Radar Online is reporting that Kevin T. Fitzgerald, the Palin family lawyer, believes that Track Palin seriously needs the rehab program the court is offering instead of jail time.

“I would expect it has some alcohol component. In all candor, Track could be well-served by treatment.”

In exchange for a guilty plea, Track Palin will do his time in a rehab program through the VA in Anchorage, Alaska, which will likely last several months. After he has completed that program, he will remain on probation.

Track Palin benefitted from having his case heard in something called Veteran’s Court instead of in a traditional court setting.

“It’s a pretty amazing experience. You go in, and it’s all vets. They talk about their treatment and how they’re doing, and if they’ve done well everybody applauds for them.”

Do you believe that Track Palin got off easy because his mother, Sarah Palin, is the former governor of Alaska?

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