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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.

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.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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