Father of ‘affluenza’ teen arrested for impersonating law officer

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) — The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he’s not a licensed officer in Texas.

He’s the father of Ethan Couch, who was given 10 years’ probation for the deadly wreck last year.

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Testimony in the younger Couch’s trial became notorious when a psychologist claimed the teen’s parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility — a condition the psychologist called “affluenza.”

Neither Frederick Couch nor his attorney could be reached for comment.