Ethan Couch Of 'Affluenza' Case Released From Jail
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 03, 2018,
Apr 03, 2018, 2:59
Couch, now 20, served two years in prison for violating his probation.
Couch's case made worldwide headlines because his legal team argued that he was not at fault for drunk driving in June 2013 because his privileged background ruined him.
The then-16-year-old son of millionaire parents crashed his pickup truck into a group of pedestrians and another vehicle.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Madd) released a statement before Couch's release, saying its a "small consolation" that he still must serve probation for six years. Couch's attorneys argued his wealthy upbringing made it impossible for him to understand the consequences of his actions, dubbing it "affluenza".
Tarrant County sheriff's spokesman David McClelland says Ethan Couch was released Monday from the county jail near Dallas after serving almost two years for a revoked probation.
He was three times over the legal limit for an adult when the crash happened, but in his trial, Ethan Couch's legal team blamed his rich background for leaving him unable to tell wrong from right. He has moved from the Tarrant County Jail and was being processed at a probation office, jail officials said.
On June 15, 2013 Couch was behind the wheel of his father's red For F-350 pick-up, speeding 70mph down the road from his home in Burleson, Texas, where he had hosted a drunken teenage party.
Couch and his mother were apprehended in Mexico, and he was thrown in jail.
As part of the terms of Couch's probation, he will be required to wear a GPS-enabled tracker that will monitor him for any alcohol use, which is banned.
Those terms include wearing a tracking device, sticking to a 9 p.m. curfew and taking regular drug tests, a court filing shows.
She was booked into the same jail as her son, only days before he was released.
They were arrested about two weeks later, about 1,200 miles away in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they had changed their appearances and ditched their identifications.
Couch's mother is now facing charges of money laundering and hindering apprehension of a felon for helping her son flee to Mexico.
Ethan Couch was extradited back to the USA and later sentenced to 720 days in jail for violating the terms of his probation.