NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:37 AM
An arrest warrant has been issued for Ethan Couch, the Texas teen involved in the infamous “affluenza” DUI crash.
Couch, who prompted outrage after receiving no more than probation following a deadly drunk driving accident two years ago that killed four people, missed a meeting with his probation officer earlier this month, according to KVUE.com.
Now, lawyers for Couch, 19, have confirmed police have been ordered to detain the teenager after authorities were unable to reach either him or his mother.
“We have recently learned that for the last several days the juvenile probation officer has been unable to make contact with Ethan or his mother, with whom he’s been residing,” said attorneys Regan Wynn and Scott Brown in a statement, reported NBC DFW.
“It’s our understanding that the court has issued a directive to apprehend to have Ethan detained because he is out of contact with his probation officer.”
Neither Wynn nor Brown elaborated further in the statement, released Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier this month, a video surfaced online of the privileged teen laughing and drinking a beer as he watched friends play beer pong in an apparent breach of his probation.A video posted on Twitter by a user called ‘BlondSpectre’ allegedly showed Couch watching a game of beer pong, with a can of Miller Lite on the table.
The teen in the focus of the video leaps on the table and tries dunking the ball, knocking the entire table over. Couch is allegedly spotted laughing hysterically as the clip ends.
The Tarrant County district attorney’s office launched an investigation into whether Couch had violated his probation.
His probation conditions strictly stated that he could not drink, drive or do drugs.
The teen could end up behind bars for up to 10 years if he is found guilty.
Couch was infamously slapped on the wrist after being convicted of intoxication manslaughter, with just 10 years probation.
Couch was not sent to prison, but instead went to a $ 450,000-a-year rehab facility his parents paid for following the December 2013 decision.
During his defense trial, the rich teen’s lawyer said he had a bad case of affluenza, arguing that his parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility with all their money.
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