Several people are more susceptible than others to breaking laws and their deeds fall under the public’s radar. However, a Texas family is making headlines after Ethan Couch was detained in 2013 for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck. His mother, Tonya Couch, was later accused of money laundering and hindering apprehension of a felon. Now, Fred Couch, aged 51, the head of the family, is also facing charges for impersonating a Texas law enforcement officer.
The Tarrant County judge passed the sentence on Wednesday, December 14th, forcing Mr. Couch to a year’s probation. If he is found breaching the terms of his probation, the man could face up to four months behind bars.
The evidence in the form of a video recording pulled from a dash camera shows Fred Couch approaching North Richland Hills law enforcement officers who responded to a disturbance, telling them that he is a reserve officer.
Scott Brown, the defense attorney, argued that while Mr. Couch was carrying a badge inscribed with the words “Lakeside Police” and “search and rescue” never asserted authority with it.
The Couch family legal drama begins a few years back when 16-year-old Ethan Couch was involved in a drunken-driving incident. While driving under the influence of alcohol, he crashed his vehicle, killing four other people in the process. Blood sampled taken at the hospital showed that Ethan Couch’s blood-alcohol levels were three times over the legal limit for adult drivers at the time of the incident.
During the trial, a legal representative invoked affluenza in the teenager’s defense. However, the American Psychiatric Association does not recognize affluenza as a medical diagnosis. Ethan Couch has been incarcerated after evidence surfaced showing the defendant breaking the terms of his probation. He is currently serving a two-year sentence in jail.
However, before his incarceration, Ethan Couch tried to escape prosecution and fled to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico tougher with his mother. When Texas police officers tracked them down, they took the teenager into custody and charged Tonya Couch with hindering apprehension of a felon. In present, Fred Couch and his wife are divorced.
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