Fred Couch, the 51-year-old father of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, was found guilty Wednesday of a misdemeanor charge of false identification as a peace officer. The charge stemmed from an incident where North Richland Hills Police say the elder Couch falsely identified himself as a reserve police officer.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports in July 2014, Couch told North Richland Hills officers who were responding to a disturbance that he was a reserve police officer in Lakeside in northwest Tarrant County. A dashcam video caught footage of Couch identifying himself as a reserve officer.
He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 100 hours of community service, but was given a year’s probation instead of jail time.
His son, Ethan, was initially sentenced in juvenile court to 10 years on probation for killing four people in a drunken driving crash in 2013. After failing to report to his probation officer and fleeing the country, the younger Couch appeared in adult court, where he was ordered to serve four consecutive 180-day jail sentences. He remains in the Tarrant County Jail.