Ethan Couch's father arrested for impersonating police officer

The father of Ethan Couch was arrested Tuesday for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
The father of Ethan Couch was arrested Tuesday for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Frederick Anthony Couch was taken into custody shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday by North Richland Hills police.

Police said North Richland Hills officers discovered Fred Couch while responding to an early morning incident on July 28. Officers found Fred Couch at the scene and told North Richland Hills police he was a reserve officer with the City of Lakeside.

After police finished their investigation of the incident, they spoke again with Fred Couch, who reiterated he was a reserve officer and had his "police stuff" in his car.

"He kept putting his hands in his pocket, and that has a tendency to make officers nervous they don't know what your intensions are," said Keith Bauman with the North Richland Hills Police Department.

What Fred Couch didn't know was that one of the officers had worked at the Lakeside Police Department.

Fred Couch then produced a wallet that had what appeared to be a police badge and ID card and was allowed to leave.

But the North Richland Hills officer familiar with the Lakeside PD didn't recognize the badge, and officers made the investigation into his claims.

They found out Couch was not a Lakeside officer and has never been a licensed officer in the state of Texas.

Ethan Couch, 16, received ten years of probation from Judge Jean Boyd for a drunk driving wreck that killed four people in June 2013. A defense expert during the trial said Couch suffered from "affluenza," which he said affects children from wealthy families who have a sense of entitlement and make bad decisions.

The sentence triggered outrage from many people in North Texas and across the United States. Part of the sentencing centered on the fact that Couch's parents could afford to send Couch to expensive rehab facilities.

Fred Couch has been officially charged with False Identification as a Police Officer: Misrepresentation of Property and his bond was set at $2,500.

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