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‘Affluenza teen’ Ethan Couch found hiding out in Mexico

'Affluenza' teen Ethan Couch detained in Mexico

Mexican authorities have reportedly detained Ethan Couch, the so-called “Affluenza teen,” and his mother at a beach town resort in Puerto Vallarta.

Couch, who went missing with his mother a month earlier, was sentenced to two years probation for a drunk driving crash that killed four people.

U.S. Marshals have spent weeks tracking Couch and are expected to take him into custody upon arriving in Mexico. A spokesperson for the service declined to comment.


Texas authorities issued a warrant for Couch after he allegedly violated his probation. His mother was listed as a missing person after her son’s disappearance, however, officials believed she was assisting her son in escaping the country.

Couch’s apparent disappearance came soon after a video surfaced on Twitter allegedly showing him at a party where alcohol was being consumed. District Attorney Sharen Wilson said it “certainly looks like him” in the video, but without further investigation, the video alone did not prove he violated his probation.

“It would not be prudent for us to make any further statement on Ethan’s behalf until the investigations are concluded and it is determined what, if any, action will be taken against him,” the lawyers added.

At the time of Couch’s sentencing to probation, prosecutors said he could be incarcerated up to 10 years for violating his probation terms.

Featured image via NBC News.

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