Ethan Couch released from jail after 'weak positive' on drug test
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Ethan Couch Released from Jail After ‘Weak positive’ on Drug Test

Ethan Couch released from jail after 'weak positive' on drug test

By Melissa Darling

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See LinkedIn

 

“Affluenza teen,” Ethan Couch, was released from jail Friday afternoon after being arrested one day after Tarrant County authorities said he violated the terms of his probation by failing a drug test. Couch is remembered for being the “affluenza teen,” after tragedy struck in 2013. Couch, 22, spent nearly two years behind bars after having killed four people on June 15, 2013 due to a driving drunk crash. He’s been on probation since his April 2018 release from custody.

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In a statement put out on Friday regarding the probation, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said that Couch had a “weak positive” THC result on a drug patch he wore for monitoring purposes. They said that probation officers “did not have confidence in the result.” Couch, of course, has denied using marijuana, court documents show.

Within this statement District Attorney, Sharen Wilson, said “Until final testing, we cannot tell if the patch result was actually THC, we cannot tell whether the ‘weak positive’ was caused by legal CBD oil or illegal marijuana.” Since Couch was released from jail in 2018, one condition of his probation is to wear a drug patch. Wilson said that if proof is obtained that Couch used drugs, her office would file a motion to revoke probation.

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Couch ended up in this situation because of the aforementioned drunk driving accident. The 2013 crash killed 52-year-old Hollie Boyles, 21-year-old Shelby Boyles, 41-year-old Brian Jennings, and 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell. There were also two teenagers riding in the bed of Couch’s Ford F-350 truck, Sergio Molina and Soliman Mohmand. These teens were seriously injured, and seven other people suffered minor injuries. Couch’s blood alcohol content was 0.24% — three times the limit for adults to legally drive. Not only this, but he was going around 70 mph in a 40 mph zone when he lost control of the pickup, authorities said.

Due to this, Couch was charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter. This case was a particularly infamous one that outraged many. This is because a psychologist testified saying Couch suffered from “affluenza” due to his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy parents, which had destroyed any sense of personal responsibility he may have had. His initial sentence was rehab and 10 years of probation in 2014. In December 2015, there was a video posted on Twitter purported to show Couch breaking the terms of his probation. It showed him attending a party where alcohol was available. He then missed a meeting with his probation officer, and he and his mother, Tonya Couch, fled to Mexico.

The Couches were extradited to the United States, and Ethan Couch’s case was moved to the adult court system when he turned 19. This is when Couch actually received some jail time, after State District Judge Wayne Salvant sentenced him to 720 days in jail — 180 days for each of the people he had killed. Salvant has now reinstated electronic monitoring, a condition Couch had been released from last year.

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