Father of 'affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating police

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:47pm

A Texas dad is accused of impersonating a police officer and his name may sound familiar.

Frederick Couch was arrested Tuesday on a warrant following a traffic stop. His son, Ethan couch, gained national attention after he escaped jail time in a deadly drunk driving case. A psychologist testified the teen suffered from "affluenza" -- a condition caused by growing up wealthy.

North Richland Hills Police said Frederick Couch, 48, claimed to be an officer and then offered to show them his "police stuff." Investigator Keith Bauman said his officers paid close attention.

"Frederick Anthony Couch then went back to his vehicle and then took out his wallet. And when it was open displayed what appeared to be a police badge and an ID suggesting he was a police officer."

This all started when North Richland Hills police officers responded to a disturbance call last month on Mackey Street. According to police, Couch - who wasn't even directly involved in the disturbance - told an officer he was a reserve police officer for the Lakeside Police Department. Officers later on called Lakeside and the department said it had no officer by that name.

Investigators then called the state, who told them Frederick Couch is not a licensed police officer in the state of Texas.

Couch has a long criminal history, including nearly a dozen traffic citations, but many will remember him walking into a Tarrant County courtroom as the father of Ethan Couch, the teenager who claimed he suffered from "affluenza."

Ethan was found guilty, but received only probation for his roll in a drunken driving crash that killed four people. Now it's Ethan's father who will have to explain his actions to a judge.

Couch was taken to a detention facility and later released on a $2,500 bond.  


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