After breaking probation and disappearing earlier this month, the “affluenza teen” and his mother were captured by authorities late-Monday in Mexico, according to USA Today.
Ethan Couch, 18, the North Texas teen found responsible for a drunk-driving crash that killed four people in 2013, and his mother, Tonya, 48, were captured Monday at 6 p.m. in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a spokesperson for the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office told ABC News.
Since early this month, Ethan and his mother have been the focus of an intense manhunt after he violated the terms of his probation for a conviction on four counts of vehicular manslaughter at the age of 16.
From USA Today:
Ethan and his mother disappeared earlier this month after he failed to appear for a scheduled meeting with his probation officer. A warrant was issued for the teen’s arrest.
Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson told the Associated Press he believes the two fled in late November after a video surfaced appearing to show Couch at a party that included alcohol.
Drinking would be considered a violation of Couch’s probation, which if revoked could result in the teen being sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Marshals were offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture, and it’s unclear if he was found as the result of a tip.
Ethan earned the nickname of “affluenza teen” after his attorneys claimed that he suffered from “affluenza,” the result of being sheltered by his rich parents.
It’s too bad that 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who killed no one, wasn’t afforded the same benefit of the doubt as Ethan Couch, who killed four people.
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