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'Affluenza' teen's dad arrested for impersonating police officer

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Frederick Couch was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a police officer in North Richland Hills. (Source: KTVT) Frederick Couch was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a police officer in North Richland Hills. (Source: KTVT)
 A Texas dad was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a police officer following a traffic stop in North Richland Hills.

Frederick Anthony Couch has a long criminal history, including nearly a dozen traffic citations, but many will remember him as the father of Ethan Couch, who gained national attention after he escaped jail time in a deadly drunken driving case. A psychologist testified he suffered from"affluenza," a condition caused by growing up wealthy. The teen was found guilty and received probation for his roll in the crash that killed four people.

Last month, North Richland Hills police officers responded to a disturbance call on Mackey Street. Frederick Couch, who police say was not involved in the disturbance, told an officer he was a reserve policeman for the Lakeside Police Department. The 48-year-old offered to show police his credentials, providing his wallet to show them his badge. When officers later called Lakeside, the department said it had no officers by that name. Investigators then called the state, and found that Couch is not a licensed officer in the state of Texas.

"Given the authority that officers are given in the state of Texas and throughout the United States, it is very concerning," said Keith Bauman, of the North Richland Hills Police Department.

Couch was taken to a detention facility and later released on a $2,500 bond.

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