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'Affluenza' Teen's Dad Arrested for Impersonating a Cop

By Brett Snider, Esq. on August 21, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The so-called "affluenza" DWI teen's father didn't provide much of a good example this week after he was arrested for allegedly impersonating a cop.

Frederick Anthony Couch, father of Ethan Couch, the boy responsible for killing four people during a drunken driving incident, was arrested Tuesday after being accused of telling real police officers that he was Texas law enforcement, Reuters reports. The elder Couch is out on bail while his son is still on probation for his "affluenza" DWI.

What do these charges mean for the "affluenza" teen's father?

Fake Cop, Real Charges

Frederick Couch was arrested based on an incident that allegedly occurred last month in North Richland Hills, Texas. According to Dallas-Fort Worth's KXAS-TV, Couch allegedly showed up at resident Keith Capo's house in the middle of the night with a gun. When police encountered Couch after responding to Capo's 911 call, Couch identified himself as "a reserve officer with a police department in another Fort Worth area community."

In Texas, there are several crimes related to impersonating a cop, such as:

In Couch's case, a police statement recounts that he showed officers a wallet "displaying what appeared to be a police badge and identification card." But according to Reuters, the "affluenza" teen's dad has never been licensed as a police officer in Texas.

Bail and Other Worries

Couch was released on a $2,500 bond, meaning that he is out of custody at least until his next court date. But while the troubled father waits to learn what charges he'll be facing, he and the rest of his family may still need to deal with their son's legal mess.

In May, the Couch family inked a $2 million settlement with a victim paralyzed in the DWI crash caused by Ethan Couch. Although the family is now infamous for being affluent, we hope Couch has enough for his own legal defense.

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