‘Affluenza’ Teen and His Mother Caught in Mexico After Days-Long Manhunt (UPDATED)
Ethan Couch, the teenager infamous for using an “affluenza” defense to get a light sentence for murder, was caught in Mexico with his mother after a days-long manhunt for both of them.
CNN is reporting tonight that Mexican authorities arrested both of them near Puerto Vallarta, a popular beach resort area.
Back in 2013, Couch was not sentenced to prison for killing four people while he was drunk driving. His legal team successfully argued that he has “affluenza,” characterized as “a lifestyle where wealth brought privilege and there were no consequences for bad behavior.”
Earlier this month, someone tweeted a video of him violating his probation by drinking, and after that, his probation officer was unable to contact him. A Texas court issued a warrant for his arrest, and there was a huge manhunt underway.
Both Couch and his mother were found in Mexico and are expected to be handed over to U.S. authorities.
UPDATE — Dec. 29, 11:15 a.m. ET:
Officials in Tarrant County, Texas held a news conference Tuesday to discuss Ethan Couch’s arrest in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said the teen and his mother carefully planned to evade authorities, noting the family had “a going away party” of sorts before the pair fled Texas.
Authorities said Couch’s mother, Tanya Couch, will be also be arrested for aiding her son in his escape.
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