The word "affluenza" was popularized when Ethan Couch received probation for killing four people in a drunk driving crash in 2013, when he was 16, but the defense may not hold up again for Couch, who has several warrants out for his arrest.
Couch’s juvenile probation officer hasn’t been able to reach the teen or his mother and authorities discovered their last known address near Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas, has been vacated, KTVT reported.
“It’s our understanding that the court has issued a directive to apprehend to have Ethan detained because he is out of contact with his probation officer,” Couch’s attorneys, Reagan Wynn and Scott Brown, said in a statement.
If Couch, now 18, is found guilty of violating parole, he could receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Couch was also allegedly spotted in a video playing beer pong earlier in December, but drinking alcohol violates the terms of his probation, The Dallas Morning News reported. Authorities are currently investigating the videos.
“I can confirm only that we are looking into the whereabouts of Ethan and Tonya Couch at this time,” district attorney’s office spokeswoman Samantha Jordan said.