'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Caught Allegedly Playing Beer Pong In Viral Video

By McCarton Ackerman 12/07/15

Will a Twitter video allegedly showing Couch playing beer pong finally send this douchebag to jail?

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Plenty of Americans are rejoicing at the prospect of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch going to prison after a new video of him allegedly participating in a beer pong game went viral.

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office is now investigating the video to determine if he violated his probation, which includes not drinking alcohol. Couch, now age 18, is reportedly seen laughing in the video as a guy leaps onto a ping pong table lined with beer cups.

The video was released via Twitter by 21-year-old Hannah Hardee. She claims that she found the video on Twitter and was not present at the party, which reportedly took place on November 4, but posted the video on her account. However, Twitter later removed the video after she saved it.

“It was just making me mad that they were not taking any of this seriously. And after seeing the interviews with the victims' families and stuff, it just really gets to me,” said Hardee in explaining why she reposted the video. "It just doesn't seem like there was a consequence. "And the consequences that were being forced upon him, he doesn't seem to be listening to them or obeying them."

However, legal experts have indicated it would be difficult to prove Couch violated his probation based on the video alone because being at the scene isn’t necessarily hard evidence. Couch was sentenced in December 2013 to 10 years of probation and mandatory rehab for his DWI car crash that June which killed four people, dodging a potential 20-year jail sentence in the process. But Judge Jean Boyd indicated he could face 10 years behind bars for violating the terms of his probation.

Of course, a great deal of Couch’s behavior comes down to poor parenting. Videotapes obtained by ABC News and released last October show his mother, Tonya, revealing that she couldn’t remember the last time she disciplined her son. She and her husband, Fred, also admitted to allowing him to drive at age 13. Couch also previously indicated that he was left at home unsupervised for large periods of time with alcohol and drugs in the house.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.