Ethan Couch

Ethan Anthony Couch (born April 11, 1997) was drinking and illegally driving on a restricted license and was speeding when he lost control, plowed into a group of people standing near a disabled SUV and struck a parked vehicle, which was there to assist. Four people were killed in the collision; two passengers in Couch's truck suffered serious bodily injury and a total of nine people were injured. In juvenile court, in December 2013, for recklessly driving drunk on June 15, 2013, in Burleson, Texas, Judge Jean Hudson Boyd sentenced Couch on four counts of intoxication manslaughter, to ten years of probation and subsequently ordered him to therapy at a long-term, in-patient facility, after his attorneys argued that the teen had affluenza and needed rehabilitation instead of prison. Couch's sentence set off what the New York Times called 'an emotional, angry debate that has stretched far beyond the North Texas suburbs'. Couch became the subject of a manhunt and was listed in the National Fugitive Database on December 11, 2015, after his probation officer was unable to contact him. On December 28, 2015, authorities detained Couch and his mother in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Now having just turned 19, Ethan Couch appears before an adult court for the first time and could be ordered to do more jail time as part of the terms of his adult probation.