Last week a young man in Texas (age 36) got good and drunk then grabbed his gun, climbed into his pickup truck, and drove over into Oklahoma for a little sport shooting where he opened fire on passing vehicles along Interstate 40. The drunken shooter managed to kill two motorists and wound up to six cars.
The sad part of this story is that it was not the most egregious drunk-in-a-pickup tale to come out of Texas in the past few days. Ethan Couch, the "affluenza" teen who killed four innocent bystanders with his pickup truck while he was drunk and on valium two years ago - at the age of sixteen, was back in the news. Mr. Couch, who was sentenced to ten years of probation after his fatal drunk driving escapade - and supposed to be staying away from booze, drugs, and driving - was filmed playing 'beer-pong' at a party at the beginning of this month, and the film made it's way onto Twitter.
A violation of his probation could have sent the young scamp (now an eighteen-year-old "adult") to prison for up to ten years.
One, two, and the kid flew.
When Ethan failed to show up for his regular appointment with his probation officer, people started getting curious. It turns out that both Ethan and his mother, Tonya Couch, appear to be on the lam. Federal authorities are now looking for the pair.
Ethan Couch was spared lockup time last year when his rich parents invested in good attorneys who found a psychologist willing to testify that the lad was not responsible for his actions because his parents had always bought his way out of trouble and he had never had to face any real consequences. It was called the "affluenza" defense, and it worked. And the affluenza defense begat an affleunza verdict. Once again the young miscreant did not have to do anything that would even remotely begin to balance the scales of justice for the carnage and death that he had caused. Affluenza won the day.
And, according to some reports, while Ethan was at home relaxing his way through the long probation, the judge had not seen fit to encumber him with an ankle monitoring device - or to relieve him of his passport. Good-bye Ft. Worth, hello Rio!
Happy holidays, Ethan. Enjoy the beer pong in Brazil - and don't forget to thank your lucky stars that you weren't born black - or poor!