Arrest Warrant Issued for Missing ‘Affluenza’ Teen Ethan Couch

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Arrest Warrent Issued for ‘Affluenza’ Teen Who Avoided Jail Time After Killing Four in Drunk-Driving Accident.

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck — and claimed as part of his defense that he suffered from “affluenza” — has fled with his mother to avoid a potential violation of his probation. Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teen who received only a 10-year probation for killing four people after driving drunk, has reportedly disappeared, prompting authorities to issue an arrest warrant. Prosecutors said Wednesday they’re investigating whether 18-year-old Ethan Couch was one of the people seen in a video posted on social media showing people drinking at a party. So did his defence team’s argument that the teen suffered from “affluenza,” a condition in which Couch was unable to control his behaviour because of the extravagant, consequence-free lifestyle his wealth enabled. “I can confirm only that we are looking into the whereabouts of Ethan and Tonya Couch at this time,” district attorney’s office spokeswoman Samantha Jordan told The Dallas Morning News. But Couch’s lawyers say that authorities have been unable to contact Couch or his mother, Tonya Couch. “We have recently learned that, for the last several days, the juvenile probation officer has been unable to make contact with Ethan or his mother with whom he has been residing,” Couch’s lawyers, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn told ABC News. “It is our understanding that the court has issued a directive to apprehend, to have Ethan detained because he is out of contact with his probation officer.” Couch’s probation officer attempted to make contact with him after a video surfaced on Twitter two weeks ago allegedly showing Couch participating in a game of beer pong, which would also violate his probation terms.

During his sentencing hearing in December 2013, Couch’s lawyers had invoked the affluenza defense that claimed his irresponsible lifestyle was due to wealthy parents who coddled him. The warrant comes just weeks after Couch allegedly appeared in a six-second video posted to Twitter showing young men playing beer pong, NBCDFW.com reports. WARNING: DISTURBING VIDEO — AUSTRIAN police have arrested two people suspected of involvement in the Paris attacks with a newspaper reporting they are French citizens posing as refugees. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office has been looking into that video, as the terms of Couch’s probation prohibit him from using drugs or alcohol.

— PARIS police say officers opened fire on a car that rammed the entry at France’s Invalides monument, stopping the vehicle and arresting the driver. — DETECTIVES have appealed for more information about a suspect accused of picking up men off a gay hook-up app, drugging them and then killing them. Recently released deposition tapes from the case suggested Couch often lived alone in a 4,000-square-foot house with a pool and wet bar and did drugs including Valium, Hydrocodone, marijuana, cocaine, Xanex and ecstasy.

Couch testified that on the night of the June 15, 2013 crash, he didn’t even remember pulling out of the driveway, much less plowing into a group of people helping a stranded motorist, killing four of them. Couch’s case be transferred to the supervision of an adult district court, which means he would be eligible for prison rather than juvenile detention in the event of any violations.

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