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‘Affluenza’ Teen Captured in Mexico, Deportation Delays Expected

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Chelcy Williams2 years ago

Ethan Couch,18, who became known by the media as the “affluenza” teen, has been found with his mother in Mexico after being on the run.

Details of the Couch’s Disappearance

According to Reuters, both Ethan and his mother, Tonya Couch, fled to Mexico to avoid a possible jail sentence due to a probation violation – the probation was put in place following a drunk driving crash that killed four people and left a fifth person with severe brain damage.

Couch’s trial obtained notoriety and sparked outrage when a psychologist claimed that Ethan had no true concept of right and wrong due to growing up wealthy and spoiled. To the dismay of the public, a Texas judge sentenced the ten to 10 years drug and alcohol free probation for four counts of intoxication manslaughter.

However, after a video surfaced online showing Ethan at a party with beer being served, he and his mother fled the United States. They were captured by Mexican authorities on Monday in the Pacific Coast beach city of Puerto Vallarta and are expected to return to the U.S. on Wednesday. It was determined that the mother and son even threw a going away party before fleeing.

Unfortunately, Couch’s capture provides little comfort to the families affected as the maximum sentence the fugitive could receive for his probation violation and fleeing of justice is 120 days in jail, due to the stipulation of his original sentencing.

Authorities expect at least a three day delay before Couch is back in the United States.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,534 people were killed in auto accidents in 2014, marking a 3.7-percent increase from the 3,408 deaths reports in 2013.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in nearly 30-percent of the 2014 fatalities, accounting for 1,041 deaths.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents in 2014 – an average of one injured every 2 minutes and 13 seconds.
  • A reportable crash occurred in Texas every 66 seconds in 2014.


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