(Gawker) Couch, who was two years into the 10 years of probation he received for the crash, became a person of interest earlier this month when a teenage witness posted a video of him playing beer pong—a clear probation violation.
After that, Couch seemed to vanish. Authorities began looking for him after he missed a probation meeting right around the time the video came out, only to learn he and his mother, Tonya Couch, had disappeared.
On Tuesday, a Dallas judge issued an arrest warrant for Ethan, though it’s unclear how they’re going to serve it: No one has any idea where Ethan and his mom are.
“They had a good head start,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson told CNN this week. “My gut feeling says they’ve gone a long way, they have the money, they have the ability to disappear and I’m fearing that they may even be out of the country.”
“You can run, but you’re always going to be looking over your shoulder,” Anderson said. “We’re not going to give up. We’re going to come after you. We’re going to find you, wherever you are.”
Come on Tarrant County be better, you have to be better. This kid murdered FOUR in a horrific crash because of his faults alone. You chose to give him probation instead of a jail sentence like he should have gotten. They had all the testimonies, depositions showing his mom was incompetent and obviously enabling him. But you chose to release back to her where he can walk freely everyday going about his business. While those four don’t even have a choice. It’s not right.
On Saturday, June 15, 2013, according to authorities and trial testimony, Couch was witnessed on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a Walmart store, driving with seven passengers in his father’s Ford F-350 pickup truck, and speeding (70 MPH in a designated 40 MPH zone). Three hours after the incident, he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit for adult drivers in Texas, and tested positive for Valium.
Approximately an hour after the beer theft, Couch was driving his father’s truck at 70 MPH on a dark, rural road where motorist Breanna Mitchell’s car had stalled. Hollie Boyles and her daughter Shelby, who lived nearby, had come out to help her, as had passing youth minister Brian Jennings. Couch’s truck swerved off the road and into Mitchell’s SUV, then plowed into Jennings’ parked car, which in turn hit an oncoming Volkswagen Beetle. The truck then flipped over and hit a tree. Mitchell, Jennings, and both Hollie and Shelby Boyles were killed, while Couch and his seven teen passengers (none wearing seat belts) survived, as did the two children in Jennings’ car and the two people in the Volkswagen
People get arrested and sent to jail for stealing bread and water much less beer from Walmart. This guy is a danger to the public and should have been dealt with accordingly and sent to juvenile prison where he belongs. Tarrant County can talk a big game now but they knew who he was/is and they have no one to blame but themselves and they have to answer to those families. But I guess they are too busy trying to lock up other kids who bring clocks to school.