According to testimony at the trial, Ethan Couch was seen on video stealing two cases of beer from a local store, driving his father's pick-up truck with seven passengers, and speeding at 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.
About an hour after stealing the beer, Couch was again speeding at 70 mph in his father's truck on a country road where he came upon a stalled SUV. Two local residents walked out to the SUV to offer assistance, a passing motorist stopped and got out of his car also to help.
As Couch approached in his speeding pick-up he slammed into the stalled SUV, then plowed into the passing motorists car which in turn hit an oncoming vehicle. Couch's truck flipped over and hit a tree. The owner of the SUV, the passing motorist and the two local residents were killed.
Couch and his seven teenage passengers survived. Three hours later Couch's blood-alcohol level tested at 0.24, three times the legal limit in Texas, he also tested positive for Valium.
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Well said CruiseReady!
You are so right frankbeswick. I hope Ethan Couch receives the proper psychological treatment at the rehab center.
I remember this case. Affluenza is an outrageous defense, and should never be allowed. Individual responsibility does not end where affluence begins!
We must not make the mistake of medicalizing all explanation of bad behaviour. Affluenza is a moral fault, not a disease. A disease is a limiting condition caused often by the presence of an external agent in the a person's psycho-physical system. Affluenza is not thus caused.