Affluenza Teen Family Secrets
New developments have emerged on the family history of Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old from Burleson, Texas, who got probation for driving a truck that killed four people and left two others critically wounded.
The probation sentence given by Judge Jean Boyd to Ethan, whose blood-alcohol concentration was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, has provoked international outrage. The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office is now pursuing jail time for two intoxication assault charges, to which Ethan pled guilty.
Ethan's parents, Fred and Tonya Couch, have their own arrest-ridden path of destruction.
According to the Daily Mail, Ethan's parents, Fred and Tonya Couch, now divorced, have their own arrest-ridden path of destruction. The couple has been accused of more than 20 crimes and traffic violations, including theft, speeding, evading arrest and assault.
Neither has served jail time. Fred Couch paid out at least nine driving citation fines, and Tonya Couch paid a $500 fine for reckless driving after she ran another vehicle off the road. Fred has twice been caught writing hot checks — for a pair of shoes and a tank of gas — and has 22 criminal and traffic violations on his record.
The Daily Mail also tracked down teens who claimed to have partied with Ethan at his home on Burleson Retta Road, where the 16-year-old reportedly lived alone and unsupervised. One said that he was at the home only three days before the deadly accident and observed Ethan drinking vodka out of the bottle and boasting about his partying ability.
Judge Boyd sentenced Ethan to 10 years' probation on December 10. He could have faced up to 20 years in jail. Clinical psychologist G. Dick Miller testified that Couch suffered from "affluenza," a condition that apparently causes wealthy kids to believe their actions have no consequences.
Ethan will be placed at a troubled teen home in Southern California called Newport Academy, at a cost of $450,000 per year, which his parents will pay.