‘Affluenza Teen’ Ethan Couch who killed four in 2013 DUI crash is arrested after ‘taking cannabis compound THC’


THE ‘Affluenza Teen’ who killed four people in 2013 while driving under the influence is back in jail for allegedly taking THC – a cannabis compound.

Ethan Couch, 22, was on probation since April 2018, having served two years of his sentence for the drink-driving crash.

Ethan Couch in April 2016 during a court hearing after he was charged with DUI for killing four people
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Couch in 2020, after he was arrested for allegedly taking THC while on probation
Tarrant County Jail

But he was arrested this morning and taken to Tarrant County Jail, Texas, for violating the terms of his probation.

Police have ordered for him to be held without bail.

In his 2013 trial, Couch was found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter and was initially sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to spend time in a rehabilitation center.

The case seven years ago dominated headlines because Crouch was initially spared jail, and his parents had more than 20 criminal and traffic offense claims on their records.

Ethan Couch’s mum Tonya after she was arrested for assisteing her son to flee the country after he was charged
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He initially escaped prison because a psychologist said the then 16-year-old Couch was a product of “affluenza”.

His defense team used the term to claim he was so spoiled by his mum and dad so he could not be fully responsible for his actions.

After the crash, he and his mum Tony fled to Mexico, where they were arrested and extradited back to Fort Worth.

Months after his conviction, Mail Online revealed that his parents escaped jail despite being arrested for crimes.

His dad was arrested for alleged crimes including theft, evading arrest and an alleged assault against Mrs Couch.

And his mum had received a number of fines and a six-month community supervision order.

But neither of them were punished further.

Couch was later sentenced to two years in prison, which he completed in April 2018.

As part of his bail conditions, he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor when he was released from prison.

A judge allowed him to remove it last month, but it monitored alcohol use and tracked his location.


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