BURLESON -- News 8 has learned the 16-year-old boy involved in a crash that killed four people June 15 had two prior alcohol violations.

Police in the Town of Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth, found Ethan Couch with a 12-ounce can of beer and a 1.75-liter bottle of vodka. Just before 1 a.m. February 19, a Lakeside officer gave Couch two citations -- one for being a minor in possession of alcohol, the other for consuming alcohol as a minor.

News 8 obtained court documents related to both citations.

In March, Couch plead no contest in both cases. His mother paid $423 in court costs. As terms of his probation, her son agreed to take an alcohol awareness class and participate in 12 hours of community service, to be completed by June 19.

But in the final moments of June 15, police say Couch was on Burleson Retta Road with seven other teenagers in his truck. Police believe he hit a group of people standing near a stalled car on the side of the road. The driver of the disabled vehicle and three Good Samaritans who stopped to help her were instantly killed. Nine other people were hurt.

Couch has not been charged in the crash, but investigators have said they believe alcohol played a role.

The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office said Friday investigators are focused solely on what happened in the hours leading up to the wreck Saturday night, but that prosecutors may find Couch's past important.

It is unclear if Couch made the June 19 deadline on completing terms of his probation. His attorney didn't return a phone call Friday afternoon.


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