It is being reported on December 29, 2016 that Ethan Couch, 18, the ‘Affluenza teen’ so named because a psychologist diagnosed him as unable to tell the difference between right and wrong due to the fact that his wealthy parents spoiled him, has been apprehended.
Couch violated his probation by skipping town with his mother to avoid the regular drug tests and visits to his parole officer. Couch was sentenced to ten years probation in 2014 after he killed four people and injured two others while drunk driving.
With his reddish-blond hair dyed black, Couch was found by Mexican authorities with his mother, last night, near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. They were first reported missing 13 days ago.
Couch had avoided prison time with his ‘Affluenza’ defense but now that he has violated probation he will face the judge on January 19, 2016 to decide what his new sentence will be.
Now his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, also faces charges for hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum 10 year sentence. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
It is believed that he ran away after a video of him surfaced, showing him playing a drinking game with friends. He is not allowed to drink while on probation and this may lead to additional charges.