FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The father of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been found guilty of falsely identifying himself as a peace officer two years ago.
A Tarrant County jury found 51-year-old Fred Couch guilty Wednesday of a misdemeanor charge of false identification as a peace officer. He was sentenced to four months in jail and 100 hours of community service but was given a year’s probation instead of jail time.
In a dashcam video shown to jurors, Couch told North Richland Hills police officers responding to a disturbance that he was a reserve officer.
Defense attorney Scott Brown told the jury that Couch, who carried a badge with the words “search and rescue” and “Lakeside police” on it, never asserted authority with it.
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