Track Palin approved for electronic monitoring

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Track Palin was approved for bail with electronic monitoring, rather than a third-party custodian, during a bail hearing in a Palmer courtroom Wednesday afternoon. His bail was not lowered, however, and he remained in custody.

Palin is charged with burglary and assault after allegedly punching through a window to get inside his parents’ Wasilla home, and then beating his father, Todd Palin. Track’s mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was present at the time and called police.

Track has been in custody at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility since his arrest this weekend. His bail was originally set at $5,000 cash performance plus a third party custodian. In court on Wednesday, his attorney Patrick Bergt, asked the judge to lower that amount, as well as change some of the conditions for his release.

Ultimately, the judge decided not to lower Track’s bail, but she did agree to remove the third party condition in favor of electronic monitoring, a mental health evaluation and a few other requirements.

Shortly after his arrest, the Palin family obtained a court order preventing Track from having any contact with his parents and younger siblings who live with them. But in court on Wednesday, Todd Palin spoke via telephone to say the family was prepared to reestablish contact with Track again, should he be released from jail.

The judge accepted the family’s request, but stipulated that Track should still stay away from their house.

Sarah Palin’s parents, Track’s grandparents, were also present in court.

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