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'Affluenza' Teen MIA

According to the U.S. Marshals, authorities are searching for a black Ford pickup, Harley Davidson edition, which they believe is being driven by wanted teen E. Couch and his mom, T. Couch.

At a news conference on Monday on the nationwide manhunt, Tarrant County authorities said that Couch and his mother may be on the run in her pickup truck.

At the moment, investigators are eagerly pouring over all types of evidence, any of which can possibly lead them to Couch, 18, and his mother, T. Couch, 48. This includes flight information, credit card data, cell phone records, etc.

Couch has been wanted for nearly a week after he missed a probation meeting. He wasn’t supposed to leave the county without getting permission from his probation officer.

Couch is notorious for his “affluenza” defense in 2013, which kept him out of jail after killing four innocent bystanders in a drunken driving crash. Meriam-Webster defines “affluenza” as the unhealthy social and psychological effects of affluence, such as a lack of motivation.

Sheriff Dee Anderson said that Couch’s probation was a “miscarriage of justice” that continues to enrage many people in Tarrant County.

Anderson said that Couch continues to believe that the law doesn’t apply to him, which she said, is how he was raised. Anderson noted that if he has enough money, he can get out of it.

According to Anderson, the night that the teen killed the victims, he showed no sympathy or remorse, and he didn’t show any afterwards.

She said they’re not through with Couch – he’s not the kind of person who rehabilitates or learns his lesson.

The authorities said that though they’re not 100% sure if the teen is travelling with his mother or that she’s helping him run from the law, they strongly suspect that’s the case.

In 2014, Couch received 10 years’ probation for intoxication manslaughter after a psychologist testified that because of his family’s wealth, he suffered from “affluenza.” The defense argued that because of his family’s wealth, he didn’t have a sense of responsibility.

If Couch’s case remains in juvenile court, he may only have to serve only four months in detention until he turns 19 in April. If it moves to adult court, he faces 10 years in prison, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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