“Affluenza” fugitive Ethan Couch has finally been caught. Mexican authorities detained Couch and his mother near Puerto Vallarta on Monday. The 18-year-old went missing earlier this month, two years after making national news when he was sentenced to just probation for a drunk driving crash that killed four innocent people.
U.S. Marshals have spent weeks searching for Couch, who was wanted in Tarrant County, Texas for a probation violation. Couch failed to check in with his probation officer early in December.
Couch, who was 16 at the time of the fatal DUI, made national headlines after a psychologist testified he suffered from “affluenza” — basically that it wasn’t his fault that he was a rich kid whose parents didn’t set any limits for him. Prosecutors were seeking a 20-year sentence but the judge controversially decided to merely put him on probation.
Recently, a video circulated on Twitter that appeared to show Couch playing beer pong at a party. If Couch was drinking alcohol, that would be considered a probation violation. Couch then disappeared — failing to contact his probation officer and allegedly going on the run with his mother.
Back when he was convicted, prosecutors said that Couch could be jailed for up to 10 years if he violated the terms of his probation, so we’ll see what happens to the “affluenza” teen next. Obviously if his mother was trying to hide him in Mexico, she should face some charges as well.
Below is a photo of Ethan Couch at the time of his detainment in Mexico. Even with his bad hair dye job, he’s still recognizable.
Jalisco State Prosecutor's office has released an image of #EthanCouch – note his hair is now black. pic.twitter.com/sCY33zomYS
— Joshua Hoyos (@JoshuaHoyos) December 29, 2015