‘Affluenza’ teen’s father arrested after allegedly impersonating an officer
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – A Texas father, who was involved in a high-profile drunk driving case, found himself on the wrong side of the law after allegedly lying to police.
Last year, 16-year-old Ethan Couch admitted to drinking alcohol before he got behind the wheel of his truck.
Hollie Boyles, Shelby Boyles and Brian Jennings were helping Breanna Mitchell, whose car was stranded on the side of the road, when Couch slammed into them.
A judge sentenced Couch to probation after his defense attorney claimed he was the product of “affluenza.”
They claimed Couch doesn’t link bad behavior with consequences because his parents taught him that wealth buys privilege.
On Tuesday, the family’s name was back in the headlines after Couch’s father was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Officers with the North Richland Hills Police Department were responding to a disturbance call last month when they met 48-year-old Frederick Couch.
According to police, Couch wasn’t directly involved in the disturbance but told an officer that he was a reserve police officer for the Lakeside Police Department.
Authorities say Frederick Couch offered to show them his “police stuff” and went back to his car.
“Frederick Anthony Couch then went back to his vehicle and then took out his wallet. And when it was open, displayed what appeared to be a police badge and an ID suggesting he was a police officer,” said Keith Bauman, with the police department.
Officers called the Lakeside Police Department but the department said it didn’t have an officer by that name.
Investigators called the state, who told them Frederick Couch is not a licensed police officer in the State of Texas.
“Given the authority that officers are given in the State of Texas and throughout the United States, it is very concerning,” said Bauman.
Couch has a long criminal history, which includes nearly a dozen traffic citations.
He was taken to a detention facility and released on a $2,500 bond.