Texas 'affluenza' teenager Ethan Couch detained after going missing
A Texas teenager on the run after allegedly breaking his probation sentence for killing four people while driving drunk has been taken into custody in Mexico.
Ehan Couch, 18, was sentenced to probation two years ago in a juvenile court for intoxication manslaughter and was wanted in Tarrant county, Texas. He and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, went missing earlier this month.
A Tarrant county official confirmed on Monday night that Couch had been taken into custody near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico but would not give further details.
CNN, citing officials briefed on the matter, said Couch and his mother would be turned over to the US marshals service by the Mexican authorities.
The Mexican attorney general’s office did not respond immediately to calls seeking information.
The “affluenza” nickname for Couch came from a psychologist who said during Couch’s trial that he was so wealthy and spoiled he could not tell the difference between right and wrong.
Couch, from Keller, near Fort Worth, admitted four counts of intoxication manslaughter in 2013. He was speeding when he lost control of his pick-up truck, swerved off a suburban road and ploughed at up to 70mph into a group of people who were helping Breanna Mitchell, whose car had broken down.
Mitchell, a youth pastor named Brian Jennings, Hollie Boyles, and her daughter, Shelby, were killed.
Tarrant county sheriff Dee Anderson said last week it appeared Couch and his mother had fled the country and that the home they shared had been cleared of its contents. The teen’s father was said to be cooperating with investigators.
Police had checked reports that Couch had left the United States after a video emerged showing him at a party where alcohol was being served in a likely violation of his probation. US marshals had offered a $5,000 reward in exchange for his whereabouts.