The father of a drunk driver who became known as the & # 39; affluenza teenager & # 39; was accused of mistreatment after trying to choke his girlfriend.
Frederick Couch, from Texas, is accused of grabbing Brandi Gober around her throat or neck and applying pressure on July 14, according to the Forth Worth Star Telegram.
Police at the Tarrant County Sheriff office investigated the case and Couch was charged with & # 39; assaulting a member of the household by obstructing her breath & # 39 ;.
The outlet reports that Couch was sentenced to one year in 2016 in contention for allegedly being a police officer during an incident in North Richland Hills.
Frederick Couch, from Texas, (photo), was accused of mistreatment after allegedly stifling his girlfriend. He is the father of the so-called & # 39; affluenza teen & # 39; Ethan Couch
In June 2013, Ethan Couch was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving a residential area in Burleson, Texas, when he rammed a stationary car and killed four people
He is the father of Ethan Couch, who spent less than two years behind bars for the drunk driving dead of four people in June 2013.
The case gained national fame after Couch was described as a spoiled teenager who grew up in a prosperous but troubled family. A psychologist called him a & # 39; affluenza & # 39; teenager during his trial on charges of intoxication manslaughter and mistreatment.
Ethan, then 16, was originally sentenced to 10 years' probation for driving at 70 mph in a stopped car close to his home in Burleson, Texas.
Four people along the road – the driver of the car and three people who had come to help – were killed immediately and a passenger in Couch & # 39; s red Ford F-350 truck was paralyzed.
Judge Jean Hudson Boyd accepted the word from psychologist G. Dick Miller who claimed that the teenager suffered from & # 39; affluenza & # 39; – an inability to know good from evil, because his parents had never given him real limits.
The upbringing of Fred and Ethan, the mother of Tonya Couch, has the accident & # 39; strong & # 39; turned on, Miller said.
A judge in Fort Worth gave him ten years of probation that he was rehabilitating and stopped drinking, but he and his mother Tonya fled to Mexico in 2015 after a video of him was posted online at a beer pong party.
Frederick Couch and his family got into the news after a psychologist named his son Ethan as a & # 39; affluenza teen & # 39; for death under the influence of driving under the influence of four people
Ethan Couch and his mother Tonya, (photo), fled to Mexico in 2015 after a video of him was posted online at a beer pong party. He had to refrain from alcohol under the conditions of his probationary period
Meanwhile, Tonya Couch is still waiting for a trial for allegedly having her son mentally out of the country instead of having him tried.
She drove her son Ethan 1200 miles to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Ethan, now 22, would appear for a trial session after a photo of him was posted on a beer pong party on Twitter.
According to the terms of his probationary period, he is not allowed to touch alcohol.
Tonya took $ 30,000 from the joint bill she had with her husband Fred and called him to say he would never see them again.
The mother-son duo were arrested in a second-floor apartment that they had rented at the Pacific Coast resort after a ping was picked up from their cell phone when they called Domino's to order pizza.
Ethan Couch was released in April last year and in March a judge agreed that he could remove the ankle strap that monitored his movements
Tonya returned to the United States on New Year's Eve 2015 and Ethan returned in January 2018 after fighting extradition.
After the trip to Mexico, Ethan Couch was again sentenced to two years in prison for adults.
His subsequent probation period was checked by the juvenile justice system, which meant that he could only be probation until his 19th birthday in April 2016.
At that time, he was transferred to the adult probation system and he was given 180 days for each of the four killed people.
He was released in April last year and in March a judge agreed that he could remove the ankle strap that monitored his movements.
In April, a judge withdrew the 52-year-old Tonya Couch's bond, citing a failed urine test that was required for her $ 75,000 bond.
The circumstances of her release had forbidden her to use alcohol, drugs or medicine or to possess firearms.
Failed urine tests have brought her back to jail twice since her December 2015 arrest of money laundering and arresting arrests.
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