The parents of the drunk driving teen controversially spared jail after killing four people have more than 20 criminal and traffic offense claims on their records - but have never served any time in prison, MailOnline can reveal today....
Now MailOnline can reveal his parents, millionaire sheet metal manufacturer Fred Couch and ex-wife Tonya have had many brushes with the law themselves.
They have several driving citations on their records and Mr Couch has been arrested for alleged crimes including theft, evading arrest and an alleged assault against Mrs Couch, according to official court documents obtained at the Johnson County Court records office in Cleburne.
But aside from a number of small fines for their motoring offenses and a six-month community supervision order issued to Mrs Couch, neither of them have been punished further.
In fact all of the more serious cases against Mr Couch, going back as far as 1989, have been dismissed.
Charges were dropped in the two theft cases, because Mr Couch paid substantial restitution....
Today, a source at the Johnson County court records office in Cleburne, said Mr Couch ‘must have a very good attorney’.
According to official documentation, Mr Couch, 48, has a blizzard of 22 accusations on his record, made up of four criminal misdemeanor allegations and 18 traffic violations.
They resulted in nine driving citation fines for offenses ranging from doing 95mph in a 60mph zone, to driving without his license.The majority of the other citations were dismissed.
On top of that he has been arrested over allegations of theft twice and evading arrest once. In June 1988 he allegedly bought a $46 pair of shoes with a worthless check, but the case was dismissed after he ‘paid full restitution of $830.56’.
In April 1992 he was again accused of using a worthless check, this time to buy $26.41 of gas. And again the case was dismissed after he paid $274.80.
Two years earlier he was accused of evading arrest. That case was also dismissed, although it is unclear why from court records.
And in 1996 he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. Records state he, ‘intentionally and knowingly caused bodily injury to Tonya Couch by striking’ her ‘on or about the face with his hands causing Tonya to fall, and by grabbing’ her ‘on or about the neck with his hands, scratching’ her ‘neck’.
On that occasion Mrs Couch submitted a sworn affidavit of non-prosecution, meaning the case was dismissed.
Her police record is shorter. In 2003 she was charged with a misdemeanor offense of reckless driving after she, ‘intentionally and knowingly drove a motor vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property’.
Court records say she pulled up behind a fellow motorist and then pulled alongside them forcing them onto the shoulder of the road.
Mrs Couch was hit with a $500 fine and a six month community supervision order.
She was also stopped for speeding and three counts of failing to adequately secure children under 17-years-old that same year...