Ethan Couch inspired national rage after receiving a ludicrously light sentence for killing four (FOUR!) people in a horrible and irresponsible drunk driving incident. Couch's ridiculously wealthy family argued that he was too rich to understand the consequences of his actions, which led to him receiving probation (which he, of course, violated) instead of an actual sentence. His super-cool parents also helped hide him from authorities for a while.
Now, Ethan's dad, Fred Couch, has expressed similar disdain for personal responsibility and the very concept of Law itself: he's just been charged with impersonating a police officer.
The incident itself actually occurred in 2014. According to The Star-Telegram: Fred "told patrol officers he was a reserve officer with the Lakeside Police Department as officers responded to a disturbance call in North Richland Hills." Fred went as far as telling officers that he had "police stuff" (no, really) in his car and even flashed a fake badge and fake identification. It is unclear what his motivations were, but one policeman's bullsh*t detector went off, leading to an arrest.
Now, Couch has been found guilty of the misdemeanor and faces "probation for one year and court fines of $260. But he won’t serve the jail time unless he violates his probation or is charged with another crime."
Jezebel writer Anna Merlen described the situation as " another lucky break for an exceedingly lucky family."
Ethan is currently in jail after having violated his probation. Ethan's mom, who attempted to flee the country with Ethan after that, is currently working behind a bar at a dive in Azle, Texas. And Fred could be thrown in jail at any minute if he, too, decides to violate his probation. Considering that he has been charged at least 20 times for various low-level offenses, this is a definite possibility.
Anyway: f*ck this rotten family who thinks they are above all the rules of everything.
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