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Texas “Affluenza” Teen Suspected to be On the Run

Nick Slovikoski9 months ago

The media has exploded following reports that a Texas teen who received probation for the drunk driving deaths of four has disappeared.

The teen is suspected to be on the run following the release of a video allegedly showing the teen violating the terms of his probation.

Details of the Teen’s Disappearance

Two years ago, then 16-year-old Ethan Couch killed four pedestrians in an accident while driving under the influence. Couch was leaving Wal-Mart after being seen on surveillance camera stealing cases of beer. He was intoxicated at nearly three times the legal limit and tested positive for Valium after the accident.

Ethan's defense argued “affluenza”, used to describe a mental condition sometimes found in youth raised in very wealthy homes. The condition, the defense claimed, prevents those affected from linking bad behavior with consequences. Ethan was spared jail time and given 10 years of probation.

A few weeks ago, video surfaced of Couch drinking underage at a party, possibly violating his probation. Since the video surfaced, his juvenile probation officer has been unable to contact Ethan or his mother.

District Attorney spokeswoman Samantha Jordan affirmed that they are not sure crime has been committed, but they are “certainly interested in his whereabouts.” Jail time is possible if it is proven Couch did violate his probation.

Timeline of Events

  • June 15, 2013: Ethan Couch is observed stealing beer and later sped his father’s F-350 into a crowd of pedestrians at 70 mph in a 40mph zone. 3 hours after the accident, couch still had a BAC of .24, 3 times the legal limit.
  • February 19, 2014: Couch began psychological treatment at North Texas State Hospital
  • April 11, 2014: First open hearing of the case revealed the treatment and fees associated with it. Couch’s parents were ordered to pay $1,170 for Ethan’s stay at the rehabilitation center.
  • December 2, 2015: Social media footage is posted online of Ethan Couch allegedly participating in drinking game at a party.
  • December 3, 2015: Tarrant County Sheriff's Office confirms receipt and investigation of the video.

Since then, Ethan and his mother have not been located.

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