Ethan Couch, the teen who killed four people while drunk-driving and avoided a jail sentence using the now infamous “affluenza” defense, is still on the run from the feds, having skipped out on his probation officer on Tuesday. Couch, now 18, is back living with his mother.
Authorities said it is possible the teen and his mother fled the country. If that happens and he violates the terms of his probation in the future, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
The spoiled Texas teenager who got a slap on the wrist for killing four people while driving drunk is on the run – and now even has his own “Wanted” poster! “We’re going to find you, wherever you are”, he added. A warrant was issued for his arrest this week.
“Any mess-ups from now on, he’s going to be over with us”, Terry Grisham, the county sheriff’s spokesman, told reporters. “To have done what he did, take four innocent lives, impact those families in a way that none of us can fathom and never once express any sentiment of remorse, never ever had any guilt feelings or bad feelings – it was all about him, what could he do to get out of it?” The FBI has been in touch with the Sheriff’s Department to “look at ways that we can assist”, said Thomas M. Class, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Division.
Couch’s probation officer couldn’t reach him this week, his lawyers told CNN.
Speaking to theNew York Times, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Samantha Jordan said investigators had yet to confirm Couch had in fact violated the terms of his parole. On 15 June 2013, Couch, then aged 16, was driving at 70mph along a rural road, three times over the legal blood alcohol limit, when he crashed into a group of people trying to start a stalled auto. “I said, we’re going to see him again”.
Sources say the investigation is already leading to speculation Ethan Couch has left the country.
On the stand, Miller described the condition: “Instead of the golden rule, which was, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, ‘ [Couch] was taught, ‘We have the gold, we make the rules at the Couch household”, he said in testimony, according to ABC News.
The parents of one of the injured teens, who suffered debilitating brain injuries, sued Couch’s family for $2 million.
Prior to Couch’s disappearance, authorities were investigating whether the teen appeared in a video posted online that showed several young men playing beer pong. Because of his age, he wasn’t certified as an adult for trial and a judge sentenced him in juvenile court to 10 years’ probation and a stint in a rehabilitation center.