Remember Ethan Couch? He was arrested for mowing down 4 people with a blood alcohol content three times the amount needed for an adult to be arrested, and walked away with a slap on the wrist because his parents were rich. He became the poster child for “affluenza,” a look into just how deeply this country is screwed up (after all, police have murdered black teens for less than that).
That he’s from a big, screwed up family should surprise nobody. KDFW reports that his father, Fred Coach, was taken into custody shortly after 11 AM on Tuesday for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Police said that North Richland Hills discovered Fred Couch while they were answering an early morning incident on July 28. Couch was found at the scene, and told the officers that he was a reserve officer with the City of Lakeside. After they finished their investigation of the incident they’d been called out for, the police spoke again with Fred Couch, who restated that he was a reserve officer.
He added that he had “police stuff” in his car.
Police, however, weren’t buying his story. Keith Bauman, who is with the North Richland Hills PD, emphasized that he “kept putting his hands in his pocket,” a tendency that “makes officers nervous” if they “don’t know what your intentions are.”
It wasn’t this alone that got Couch busted; Couch didn’t know that one of the officers at the scene had worked with the Lakeside PD. When he produced a wallet that had a police badge and ID card, he was allowed to leave. But the officer familiar with the Lakeside PD didn’t recognize the badge, and the officers started digging deeper into his claims. They learned that he wasn’t, nor was he ever, a licensed officer in the state of Texas.
They caught up with Fred Couch on Tuesday and arrested him. He has been officially charged with False Identification as a Police Officer: Misrepresentation of Property. His bond was set at $2,500.
You can watch the report below: