Ethan Couch, the drunk driving ‘affluenza’ teen, missing from probation

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Ethan Couch.

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 trying to determine whether Ethan Couch, 18, was one of the people drinking at a party in a video posted on social media earlier this month. 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. 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. Sam Jordan, spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, said investigators with Tarrant County Juvenile Services and with the DA’s office are searching for the two. Couch’s 10-year probation related to both the Twitter post and his apparent disappearance. “And we are now investigating his whereabouts and the whereabouts of his mother,” Ms.

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. David Dewhurst asked the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice to review how probation sentences are issued in adult and juvenile cases of intoxication manslaughter.

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