FORT WORTH — Ethan Couch, also known as “Affluenza” teen, is missing in action. Tarrant County Juvenile Services has put out a directive to apprehend (the juvie version of an arrest warrant) Couch for not keeping in touch with his probation officer.
Of course, being out of touch is nothing new for this 18-year-old who was convicted of killing four people while driving drunk when he was 16.
Instead of prison, Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation after his attorney argued he suffered from “Affluenza,” meaning he was so pampered by his wealthy parents that he didn’t understand the consequences of his actions.
Marla Mitchell, whose daughter was among those killed, wasn’t buying it.
“No amount of money or prestige or status is ever gonna grant them immunity,” she said back in February. “I pray that the world never takes their eyes off this family.”
But it looks like somebody did take their eyes off Ethan Couch, and now the Tarrant County District Attorney wants to know where in the world Ethan and his mother are. His attorney, Scott Brown, released the following statement:
We have recently learned that, for the last several days, the juvenile probation officer has been unable to make contact with Ethan or his mother with whom he has been residing. It is 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. We do not have any further information concerning this situation. Accordingly, it would not be appropriate for us to publicly discuss this matter further at this time.
The DA has already been investigating an alleged violation of Couch’s probation. A tweeted video appears to show the teen at a beer pong party a couple weeks ago.
If he was drinking at that party, and if he and his mom did make a run for it, that could turn out to be a big mistake. But hey, maybe he doesn’t know any better? After all, he has Affluenza! And when you grow up rich, you don’t know right from wrong, right? Riiiiight?