Texas’ infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, on probation for four counts of intoxication manslaughter, after he struck and killed four people while going 70 mph in a 40 mph zone in 2013, is under investigation for potentially violating the terms of his probation.
On Wednesday, a Twitter user posted a video to the site allegedly showing Couch, now 18 years old, playing beer pong. Couch’s probation states that he cannot drive, drink alcohol, or use drugs for 10 years. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and the City of Burleson were tagged in the tweet.
@BlondeSpectre Burleson Police forwarded this video tweet to the TCDA last night, & they are investigating.— City of Burleson, TX (@CityofBurleson) December 3, 2015
“He’s allowed due process at every level,” Tarrant County sheriff’s spokesman Terry Grisham told the Dallas Morning News. “[Cases] are not prosecuted or revoked or modified based on hearsay or based on a grainy video that we can’t identify someone in.” A judge will determine whether Couch violated his probation.
Before Couch’s sentencing in 2013, a psychologists called by the defense, Dr. G. Dick Miller, testified that Couch was the victim of a surplus of privilege, or “affluenza.” His parents, Miller said, gave Couch “freedoms no young person should have.”