'Affluenza Teen' Ethan Couch Arrested For Violating His Probation
Ethan Couch, the Texas man known for using “affluenza” as part of his defense in a fatal DUI crash, has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole, according to ABC News.
Couch was found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2013 when a drunk-driving accident killed four people and injured several others.
During his sentencing phase, a psychologist testified that then then 16-year old Couch was a product of “affluenza” -- a term he used to describe Couch’s irresponsible lifestyle which was associated with his affluent upbringing -- and that irresponsible parents had “strongly enabled” the accident.
Couch’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit on the night of the crash and was initially sentenced to 10 years of probation and time in a rehabilitation center.
Couch failed to show up to a check-in with his probation officer in 2015, and authorities discovered that he had fled to Mexico with his mother, Tonya Couch.
He was sentenced to 720 days in jail for violating the terms of his probation and was released in APril 2018.
Couch was returned to Tarrant County Jail on Thursday after he tested positive for THC in a mandatory drug screening that was part of his probation, but his lawyers remain optimistic that he “is committed to his sobriety and to remaining compliant with all of the terms and conditions imposed by the Court.”
“Based on the limited information available to us, the only basis for the issuance of the warrant is that Ethan was allegedly ‘positive’ for THC on a Substance Abuse Test Patch. Ethan has been intensely monitored for alcohol and illegal substance use, including constantly wearing the required patch, for more than 20 months and has never been positive for the use of any substance before. We cannot make any further statement until we have the opportunity to conduct an investigation to determine if, in fact, Ethan ingested THC and, if so, if it was a voluntary act on his part,” Couch’s attorneys said in a statement.