Probation officer can’t find drunken driving ‘affluenza’ teen, FBI joins the search

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CBS11 has confirmed his probation officer went to check on Couch and could not find him.

DALLAS, Texas – It was a decision that sparked public outrage.

A teenager was given 10 years probation after killing four people while driving drunk.

In 2013, authorities say 16-year-old Ethan Couch admitted to drinking alcohol the night his speeding truck caused a chain-reaction crash that killed four people and severely injured two others.

Hollie and Shelby Boyles were helping 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell, whose car was stranded on the side of the road.

Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, also stopped to help the stranded motorist.

That’s when Couch’s vehicle slammed into them.

All four were killed.

He was arrested and charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter.

During the trial, his defense attorney said his client is the product of “affluenza,” caused by his parents.

His defense attorney said Couch doesn’t link bad behavior with consequences because his parents taught him that wealth buys privilege.

Prosecutors were asking a judge to sentence Couch to 20 years behind bars.

Instead, a judge ordered Couch to rehabilitation and 10 years probation.

Recently, video surfaced claiming to show Couch violating his probation by playing a drinking game with friends.

Now, Couch’s attorneys announced that his probation officer can’t find him.

“The juvenile probation officer has been unable to make contact with Ethan or his mother with whom he has been residing,” attorneys Scott Brown and William Reagan Wynn said this week.

After his recent disappearance, a court ordered Couch arrested. At the time of his conviction, prosecutors said Couch could face up to 10 years of incarceration if he violated the terms of his probation.

Officials say US Marshals and FBI are formally joining the search to find Ethan Couch.

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