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(NEW YORK) —  Like his son, the father of infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch is in trouble with the law.

WFAA, ABC’s Dallas affiliate, reports that a Tarrant County, Texas, jury found Fred Couch, 51, guilty of a misdemeanor of false identification of a peace officer in a 2014 case involving police in the affluent Dallas-Fort Worth suburb the North Richland Hills.

Couch — whose teenage son, currently in custody, caused a fatal car accident in 2013 that killed four people and severely wounded another — pleased not guilty to the aforementioned charge on Tuesday, his trial’s first day of testimony.

According to WFAA, the elder Couch told North Richland Hills officers who were responding to a disturbance call that he was a reserve police officer in the town of nearby Lakeside.

And to make matters worse, police said they found on him a “Lakeside Police Search and Rescue” badge on him.

He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, WFAA reports.

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