'Affluenza' Teen's Father Almost Gets Away With Impersonating A Police Officer

| by Lisa Fogarty

The father of a teen boy who was sentenced to probation after killing four people while drunk and high and whose defense included that he was too privileged to know better, has also found himself in hot water with law enforcement.

Fred Couch, the father of 16-year-old Ethan – whom a defense attorney claimed suffered from “affluenza” because of his wealthy background – has been charged with impersonating a police officer in Texas, reports Fox 4.

Couch was arrested on Tuesday morning after an incident that police say took place on July 28. When police responded to a call about a disturbance at a home in North Richland Hills, they reportedly discovered Couch was already at the scene. He allegedly presented himself as a Lakeside Police Department reserve officer. Police say the man took them to his car, which was where he claimed he kept his “Lakeside police stuff.”

“Couch reached into his vehicle and took out his wallet displaying what appeared to be a police badge and identification card, suggesting he was a police officer,” said North Richland Hills Investigator K. Bauman. “Upon completion of the call, all subjects involved were allowed to leave the location.”

Couch was able to tell police the name of the Lakeside police chief, reports WFAA, but one of the responding officers, who worked at Lakeside from 2011 to 2012, said he or she did not recognize the suspect.

Lakeside Police Chief Lee Pitts confirmed that Couch had never worked as a reserve officer for the department and that he wasn’t licensed as a peace officer, either.

Couch has been released on a $2,500 bond. Couch, a sheet metal manufacturer, and his ex-wife Tonya reportedly have been charged more than 20 times with criminal offenses, but have never spent a day in prison, reports Daily Mail

Sources: Fox 4, WFAA, Daily Mail

Photo Credit: North Richland Hills Police